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Padres figure to clear infield logjam soon

San Diego is likely to move a second or third baseman
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Padres entered this week's Winter Meetings with an infield logjam. And then they added Chase Headley.

Something has to give, and 29 other teams know it. Within minutes of Tuesday's trade, general manager A.J. Preller received phone calls about the Padres' crop of second and third basemen. Those calls haven't stopped.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Padres entered this week's Winter Meetings with an infield logjam. And then they added Chase Headley.

Something has to give, and 29 other teams know it. Within minutes of Tuesday's trade, general manager A.J. Preller received phone calls about the Padres' crop of second and third basemen. Those calls haven't stopped.

It's practically a lock that at least one infielder -- whether it's Headley, Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg or Carlos Asuaje -- will be dealt this offseason.

Video: A.J. Preller on trading or keeping Chase Headley

"Teams have checked in in the last 24 hours," Preller said. "From our standpoint, obviously you want a roster that works and fits, and you balance that with depth. It's going to be part of the job over the course of the next couple months."

For now, the Padres will weigh the offers, and they have some flexibility. Preller and manager Andy Green have discussed the possibility for some positional shakeups in the infield.

There's a distinct possibility it's Headley who gets dealt. His contract -- one year, $13 million -- isn't especially burdensome. Both Preller and Green left that door open in their Wednesday media sessions.

Video: Green discusses acquisition of Mitchell, Headley

"We have quite a few third basemen currently and quite a few opportunities to see how that unfolds over the next few weeks," Green said. "Assuming he's in a Padre uniform, I'm genuinely excited to have him. A.J. has been very forthright with him, and we've been very forthright. Things will probably shake out here over the next few weeks."

All four trade candidates have value for different reasons. Headley could serve as a useful one-year rental for a contender. Solarte is another veteran bat with an extremely team-friendly deal. Spangenberg and Asuaje are younger options with upside.

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The Padres appear open to trading any of them. They'll accept the best offer (or maybe two) and mold their infield from there.

"There's a lot of positional versatility," Preller said. "... We're open to hearing what different teams have to say."

Green talks Myers move

First baseman Wil Myers has agreed to a move to the outfield, should the Padres land free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. Myers spent three seasons in the outfield before moving to first base, where he shined in 2016 but struggled in '17.

Green was asked about the potential move, and he was quick to note that he feels Myers could flourish in one of the corner spots. He was also candid when asked about Myers' defense in 2017.

Video: Green discusses pursuit of Hosmer, Myers' versatility

"He takes to new challenges very well," Green said. "I think he took to the first-base challenge really well two years ago. If he's being honest -- which he's incredibly honest and transparent, so I don't feel bad saying this -- he probably grew a little bored with the challenge last year: 'I did this. I dominated first base, lost a measure of focus on it, and attention to detail needs to ratchet up.'

"I think, if we asked him to move to an outfield position ... he'd embrace that and grow from that. He's incredibly athletic. He'd be great out there."

Rule 5 fever?

The Padres have made seven selections in the past two Rule 5 Drafts, but don't expect a similar frenzy on Thursday. The club's 40-man roster is full, and it's a distinct possibility they leave empty-handed -- a stark departure from the last two seasons.

"Over the last couple years, we felt like that was a good way -- from not a huge acquisition cost -- to add some talent to the organization," Preller said. "But each year is a little different. The roster's different. Honestly, through tonight, we'll probably have our final discussion, talking about guys we feel like we can add. We'll value that versus potentially having to make a move."

Of course, we're talking about Preller and the Rule 5 Draft here, and he made sure to preface his answer with a quip: "Never rule us out."

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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