The Padres are now planning to try to extend veteran stars Carlos Quentin and Huston Street with new long-term deals and are likely to make a push to do sometime this month, before the July 31 trade deadline. Both players have been mentioned prominently as trade candidates, but both are said to have indicated a desire to stay in San Diego, if possible.

Finances are always a question with the low-revenue Padres, but both current owner John Moores and presumptive new owner Ron Fowler are said to have given the go-ahead to try to sign Quentin and Street to new multiyear deals, people familiar with the situation said. This is a major step for San Diego, which has had trouble keeping its stars in the past.

Scott Miller suggested in his story Wednesday that attempting to sign Quentin, a San Diego product, was a strong likelihood. Both players are free agents after the season.

Of course, the Padres can't blow away star players with dollars, and if deals can't be struck they'll be forced to more seriously entertain trade offers for the two veterans. But it's improbable either will be traded before contract talks are complete, one way or the other.