Josh Byrnes says teams will need to pay up if they want to acquire the San Diego Padres' top veterans by the July 31 trade deadline.
Byrnes, the Padresâ general manager, said that he'd like to keep players such as outfielder Carlos Quentin, pitchers Edinson Volquez and Huston Street, and third baseman Chase Headley past 2012. All four are expected to be of interest to contenders next month.
"If we sell, it will be at very high prices," Josh Byrnes said, according to ESPN.com. (AP Photo)
"If we sell, it will be at very high prices," Byrnes said, according to ESPN.com. "We can keep Headley and Volquez beyond this year. We want to keep Quentin (who can become a free agent after the season). And Street has a mutual option. So I wouldn't be surprised if the prices are higher than people think."
Byrnes said injuries have been a big reason for the Padres' 19-39 record and last-place standing entering Fridayâs game. Quentin (knee surgery) missed most of the season's first two months; Street (lat strain) came off the disabled list earlier this week. San Diego has used the disabled list 17 times this year.
"I want to see what this team looks like as it gets healthier," Byrnes said, though he added that the Padres' season "is probably unsalvageable."