The Padres are not shopping Latos, their homegrown ace who only two seasons ago was one of the elite starting pitchers in the National League. But, somewhat surprisingly to this blog, other clubs seem to think he's not cemented to future Padres rosters. Put another way, other clubs don't expect the Padres to lock up Latos the way the Rays just secured 22-year-old pitcher Matt Moore, who received a $14-million contract on Friday. It could be that new Padres GM Josh Byrnes has come into the job with an open mind about which players are part of San Diego's long-term core. After talking to the Padres, one club began gathering information on Latos, who turned 24 on Friday.
It's not surprising that the Padres are open to moving Headley, which doesn't necessarily mean he'll be dealt before the team falls out of playoff contention next season. Headley will be getting expensive for the low-payroll Padres, in part because the Alderson Gang promoted him too soon, which allowed him to qualify for Super Two arbitration. For his sake, I hope Headley ends up in the National League Central. It's conducive to hitting. Headley faced many unusual obstacles early in his career, a few of them not of his doing. He toughed it out, made adjustments and had a pretty good season in 2011.
Higher-ups at the meetings praised Moores, the Padres' majority owner since December 1994. No surprise, that. Moores is close to Bud Selig. He's also a sharp businessman who advocated for smaller-revenue clubs leading up to three collective bargaining agreements. By the next winter meetings, Moores may no longer be the Padres' majority owner. Entering this offseason, he had sold 49 percent of the club to Jeff Moorad's group as part of a five-year sales plan announced in March 2009.