The San Diego Padres missed out on a golden opportunity to trade Chase Headley at peak value last offseason. With two years of club control remaining and coming off of an MVP-like second half in 2012, Headley would've likely netted the Padres a strong package of prospects.
Instead, they held on to their star third baseman, who reverted back to his previous "solid, yet unspectacular" form as the Padres finished with 86 losses and well out of playoff contention.
They're now in a position to at least try to get something of value in return for Headley's last year of service before he hits free agency next offseason. While his overall numbers were down in 2013 (.747 OPS, 13 HR in 141 games), he finished strong with an .829 OPS over his last 59 games. There are also several teams desperate for third base help at a time when options are few and far between.
So his value hasn't dipped as much as it could have.
A contract extension is still a possibility, although the likelihood is that Headley believes he can maximize his value with a strong 2014 season and isn't interested in signing an extension prior to that unless the Padres are willing to pay him more than market value.
According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, there is a "growing sentiment" that the Padres will deal the 29-year-old switch-hitter prior to the 2014 season. With that in mind, here are five potential trade ideas that make the most sense for the Padres and the potential suitor.