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San Diego Padres: Ranking the Best/Worst Blockbuster Trades of the Past 5 Years
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If you're a San Diego Padres fan like I am, you're well aware that the team's front office is no stranger to trading the club's bigger names at the peak of their popularity for prospects. 

Chase Headley may be next on the block this year as it looks apparently inevitable that the team will not be able to afford him when he hits free agency in 2015.

Sure it's been difficult to see so many talented fan favorites dealt as the team looks to build their farm system in an attempt to reinvent the team, but as long as the returns are substantial, the moves make sense, don't they?

After some recent deals in the past few years, the Padres now have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball.  But let's also remember that these youngsters are called prospects just for that reason, none of them are proven big league players.

So has the Padres questionable strategy of trading players before they become unaffordable worked?

Let us take a look at some of the bigger moves in the past five years and figure it out...

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