There has been some talk about the possibility of the San Diego Padres trading for shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
One of the players mentioned as a possible swap is outfielder Chase Headley. The former second-round pick was perhaps one of the Padres best hitting prospects. But finding him a position to play in the field was a problem. They've moved to him to left field. He's started the bulk of the game there ... and that's where he's going to stay for the Padres.
I talked to a source close to the Padres, who said that Headley is off the table for trades. It makes sense, why would they give up a solid and emerging hitter and a guy under club control for the next few years, for a high-priced underachieving and regressing shortstop?
And infielder Matt Antonelli? That isn't absurd, but my source said that picking up Betancourt and his contract just doesn't make sense for a team trying to dump payroll (see every trade rumor surrounding Jake Peavy) and is in the process of changing owners.
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Betancourt is owed $3 million in 2010, $4 million in 2011 and has a $6 million club option in 2012 with a $2 million buyout.
Yuni may be traded, but it won't be for Chase Headley.