Things are looking up for the San Diego Padres

      July 26, 2012 @ 16:40:19 PDT


The San Diego Padres are no longer in the cellar of the NL West, and they just signed SD native Carlos Quentin to a three-year, $27 million deal last Sunday.

Things are looking up for the Friars! Well, relatively speaking.

San Diego Padres 3B Jedd Gyorko
Gyorko on the horizon

The team is also trying to lock up Huston Street with a multi-year deal. The terms long-term deal and multi-year extension aren't words that often are thrown around in San Diego, but additional funds have been secured as the team prepares for a change in ownership.

Quentin (.273/.389/.513) has been arguably the team's most explosive offensive weapon when he's been healthy this year. Street has been fantastic in the closer role - like Quentin, when he's been healthy - while replacing former stopper Heath Bell.

Locking both of them up for future seasons would be great news for the organization and their fair-weather following. Street has echoed that he wants to stay in town (who wouldn't in such a great city, just ask Ron Burgundy).

The Fathers are also busy with the decision on whether to trade Chase Headley. He's one of the most talked about trade commodities on the market right now, and there are a handful of competing clubs that could use the help at the hot corner.

Their asking price is sky high at the moment and likely to only go up, which means if he is traded, the Pads will receive a package ripe with high-end prospect talent. That'll only add to their already stocked collection of eventual major league contributors on the farm.

For those in keeper, dynasty or NL-only games, if you haven't already, it wouldn't be a bad idea to tuck Jedd Gyorko away in the likely event that Headley leaves town by Tuesday.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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