Third baseman Chase Headley led the NL with 115 RBIs in 2012, when a monster second half gave General Manager Josh Byrnes quite the decision to make.
Double-down on Headley and his .978 second-half OPS and build the Padres around him.
Or sell Headley to, say, the Yankees, for prospects.
Byrnes never did trade Headley, but his front office lieutenants did on this date — July 22 — in 2014, a month after GM was fired.
The transaction with the Yankees did not restock the Padres’ farm system as trading Headley at the height of his value might have.