It appears the San Diego Padres will hold onto their biggest assets at this year's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The team has recently locked up outfielder Carlos Quentin, are beginning contract extension talks with closer Huston Street, and now, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, plan on holding onto starting pitcher Edinson Volquez.
"Edinson Volquez, who once looked like a prime trade candidate, now appears likely to stay in San Diego. The Padres have gotten inquiries about Volquez but intend to keep him, said people familiar with their thinking. Volquez, 6-7 with a 3.34 ERA, is ineligible to become a free agent after the year, making him attractive to teams. And that includes the Padres."
As Heyman notes, Volquez would be an attractive chip on the trade market because he's under team-control through 2013. The 29-year-old has posted a 3.34 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 5.2 BB/9 across 121 1/3 innings of work this season.