The White Sox are balking at surrendering five years of team control of Quintana for just one season of Headley, who is scheduled to reach free agency after the 2014 season. White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago was also floated in trade talks but the Padres were more interested in Quintana.
Headley has been the subject of trade rumors for over a year and will become a free agent after the 2014 season if he and the Padres cannot work out a contract extension. The team will continue to listen to trade proposals moving forward, but do not expect to get a deal done with Headley coming off a disappointing season.
Previous reports indicated that the Padres will attempt to sign Headley to a contract extension, but the possibility still exists that they could trade him, either this offseason or during the coming season.
Murphy hit .255/.319/.530 in 149 at-bats for the Cubs last season.
The team also tendered contracts to nine other players, whose salaries for 2014 will be determined by the arbitration process, unless contracts can be agreed upon. Pitchers Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Jordan Walden; infielders Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer will all return to the team next season.
The Cardinals do have interest in Freese, but they're also targeting shortstop Erick Aybar.
Brown hit .231/.286/.375 with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 558 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno last season. Duvall hit .252/.320/.465 with 17 home run and 58 RBI in 385 at-bats with Double-A Richmond.
Flores went 10-6 with a 2.73 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 137:17 K:BB ratio in 141 2/3 innings over 22 starts with Class A Augusta. Strickland went 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB ratio in 21 innings with high Class A San Jose.
Colon hit .273/.335/.379 with 12 home runs, 58 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 512 at-bats with Triple-A Omaha. Cuthbert hit .247/.316/.387 with eight home runs and 59 RBI in 518 at-bats between high Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Adams hit .265/.353/.415 with 12 home runs, 65 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 479 at-bats between high Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Mariot went 4-5 with a 3.56 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 66:25 K:BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings with Triple-A Omaha.
Falu went 1 for 4 in one appearance with the Royals while hitting .256/.320/.329 with two home runs, 31 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 508 at-bats in his fifth season with Triple-A Omaha. Arguelles went 1-8 with a 5.93 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 44:53 K:BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Bryant had an excellent first season in the Cubs organization after being taken second overall in the 2013 amateur draft, hitting .336/.390/.688 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 128 at-bats over three minor-league levels.