Cheap, frugal, stingy, fiscally conservative or whatever term you’d like to use, the San Diego Padres spend their money wisely.
As a small-market team, they often can’t “ball out” and sign the hot free agents. Don’t expect the Padres to make a push to sign Robinson Cano when he becomes a free agent after this season. However, a number of players on the current roster have extremely team-friendly contracts.
There's speculation (some here from Peter Gammons of MLB Network) that Chase Headley could be traded near the deadline. His contract certainly makes him an appealing option. After leading the NL in RBI and placing fifth in the NL MVP race, Headley is still only making $8.575 million this season, and that’s after arbitration.
So here are the underpaid players who will outplay their contracts…