I don't know it sure sounds like they Padres will keep him at least until the winter. You never know with these rumors, Connolly could have been wrong about what the Padres wanted but if what he said is true then I am very disappointed the O's didn't pull the trigger.
I understand your passion. Headley is the ONLY player I thought we had a real chance at that I had any interest in because he was a solution to a present and future need. That being said it doesn't change the fact that, once the As decided they weren't going to give up ML ready SP for him, we became the market for the Padres.
I posted this earlier:With all of the hysteria around acquiring Headley it 's apparently lost in the hoopla that THE PADRES DON'T REALLY HAVE A MARKET LEFT FOR HIM AND ALMOST HAVE TO TRADE HIM NOW TO EVEN GET HIS REAL VALUE. They can want Machado. They can want Bundy. They can want six weeks in a clothing optional hot tub with Kate Upton but that doesn't mean the market is there for them to get what they want.
The Dodgers were the team that MIGHT have given a top 100 SP (Lee), but they're out of the game now. The Diamondbacks got Johnson from the Astros. The Pirates are finally figuring that they don't have a spot for him and the Indians are now looking at becoming sellers. The two teams left standing are the Orioles and As. The As have a tradition of NOT overpaying for players and are probably thinking (as I hope DD is) that they will be competing with us this Winter for Headley at a much lower price IF the Padres hold on to him because the premium he could generate this season ENDS on July 31st.
The Padres almost HAVE to trade Headley. If not now for a premium, then in the off season so they have a place for Jedd Gyorko. Of course, they could move Headley to the OF but that will greatly diminish his value and they could get a ML ready OF (Hoes) as part of a package for Headley RIGHT NOW.
I would be willing to offer them ONE of Tillman, Matusz, or Arietta AND ONE of Avery/Hoes and a lesser prospect for Headley RIGHT NOW. If the Padres can get a better offer then they should take it. This Winter I would be pulling the OF from the offer.
It's just as accurate now.