Yankees Land 3B Headley in Deal with Padres
The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The Yankees will obtain Headley along with $1 million in cash considerations from the Pads in exchange for third baseman Yangervis Solarte and Single-A pitching prospect Rafael De Paula.
Headley is having a disappointing season this year, batting just .229 with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in. His on-base percentage is below .300 and his OPS rests at a measly .651 as he departs from San Diego. He has drawn just 22 walks on the season.
Still, Headley has been on a tear this month. He has a .323 average for the month of July, recording 21 hits, four doubles, one homer and nine RBI. He was hindered by injuries early on this season, a possible reason for the poor numbers the first few months of the season. He is healthy now, and appears to be turning things around. A free agent after the season, the Yankees are hoping Headley can keep his bat going as New York gears up for what will be a tight playoff race.
A move to Yankee Stadium should continue to help Headley’s numbers. In San Diego he leaves behind perhaps the most notorious pitcher’s park in all of baseball in Petco Park in favor of the Bronx’s short right field porch. A switch-hitter, Headley has the potential to thrive in New York. Look for his power numbers to improve going forward.
Headley had his best year in 2012, batting .286 with 31 doubles, 31 home runs and 115 RBI. He won the Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove that season on his way to a top-five finish in the MVP voting.
One thing that should not be overlooked in this trade is that the Yankees were able to avoid departing with any major talent. Solarte was serviceable this season in the majors, batting .254 with six homers and 31 RBI. He got off to a fantastic start but came down to earth the past two months and was demoted as well.
Meanwhile, De Paula, 23, is 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games for the Tampa Yankees.
The Toronto Blue Jays, a division rival and team in contention, were also showing strong interest in Headley, a possible reason the Yankees pulled the trigger here.
The Yankees hope that Headley can join the team in New York Tuesday night as the team takes on the Texas Rangers. The Padres were in Chicago for a series against the Cubs.