San Diego, CA- According to Fox Sports MLB insiders Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal the New York Yankees have been scouting San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley.
This trade would make sense for both sides, as the Yankees need an upgrade from Kelly Johnson at 3rd base and the Padres are trying to get anything for their struggling 3rd baseman. Chase Headley would not be a huge upgrade for the Yankees, but would provide them with an offensive and defensive upgrade over Kelly Johnson. Especially with the 3rd baseman trade market being incredibly thin, Chase Headley may be the best available option for the Yankees.
The Yankees have been interested in acquiring Chase Headley since his career high season in 2012.
The Padres likely won’t be able to acquire top prospects for Chase Headley due to him being in the last year of his contract, his $10.5 million dollar salary and his awful play and decline the past few seasons. The Padres may just have to settle for dumping Chase Headley’s salary to save money for acquiring free-agents this offseason.
Chase Headley’s career has plummeted since his breakout season in 2012 when he hit .286 with with 31 homers and a National League leading 115 RBIs. Everyone believed that the Padres once Top Prospect was on his way to becoming a star and the impact bat the Padres have spent years trying to develop.
Instead Headley’s career has been in complete free fall.
Last season Headley failed to even come close to his 2012 numbers, batting only .250 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI’s in only 141 games. This season Headley has struggled mightily at the plate batting only .199 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 58 games.
Headley has also struggled to stay healthy as he’s missed 21 missed games with two right calf strains, a strained right biceps, a sore left knee and just recently a herniated disc.
The Padres reportedly offered Chase Headley a long-term extension this off-season, but the offer was rejected by Chase Headley. The Padres should count themselves lucky that Chase Headley rejected their offer, because Headley isn’t worth the 90 million they offered him and he isn’t even worth the 10 million he’s being paid this season.
In my opinion Chase Headley is an average Major League 3rd baseman that has now become injury prone and the Padres should cut their losses and try to get whatever they can for their declining 3rd baseman.