Many in the industry expect that the Padres will trade left fielder Carlos Quentin, but the team is in such a fluid position, no assumption is safe.

I've mentioned a few times recently that the Padres might be forced to move Quentin if they are not under new ownership before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

I might have spoken too soon.

True, Quentin is a potential free agent, and the Padres' motivation to trade him only will increase if the front office is unsure that new ownership would approve of signing the veteran long-term.

The Padres, though, still could take their chances and keep Quentin, knowing that signing him would not be out of the question even if their payroll stayed in the $55 million range next season.

Closer Huston Street, shortstop Jason Bartlett and second baseman Orlando Hudson (now with the White Sox) will be off the books in 2013, representing a combined savings of $18.5 million.