One of the core principles of lineup construction is to get the highest OBP possible out of the leadoff spot. That was a problem for the Padres last year, when seven players—mostly Will Venable, Cameron Maybin and Chris Denorfia—combined for a .312 OBP in the number 1 hole. Along with the loss of slugger Adrian Gonzalez, a lack of base runners (San Diego's number 2 hitters had an even worse .296 OBP) was a big reason the Padres dropped from 665 runs, and contention, in 2010 to 593 runs and last place in '11. The best solution manager Bud Black has for this problem is third baseman Chase Headley; batting mostly in the number 3 hole, he led the Padres with a .374 OBP and, despite missing 49 games, had a team-best 52 walks. Headley even has a little bit of speed: 44 career steals and an 81% success rate. And it's not like he has power (he has just 36 career homers and a .392 SLG) that demands to be in the heart of the order. Batting Headley leadoff would free budding star Cameron Maybin to move into the number 3 hole, where he wouldn't have to worry so much about working counts and his power would be more valuable.