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Seven teams interested in Chase Headley

Jul 5, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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Buster Olney probably doesn’t know it yet, but’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Indians, Orioles, Pirates and at least two other teams have “some level of interest in” Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

The 28-year-old Headley should have been the Padres’ All-Star on merit. He’s hit .271/.373/.421 with eight homers, 42 RBI and 10 steals this season. Last year, he hit .330/.399/.465 outside of Petco Park, and he’s at .275/.378/.471 in road games this year.

The Padres are sure to put a high price on Headley. He’s making a modest $3.475 million this year and probably won’t get much more than $5 million in arbitration next year. He won’t be a free agent until after the 2014 season.

Pittsburgh would certainly be an interesting destination for Headley. The Padres would surely like to get their hands on a couple of the Pirates’ better pitching prospects, and the Pirates would stand to upgrade not only their offense but also their defense by moving Pedro Alvarez to first base.

Alas, he’d probably help the Dodgers more than any other team. Not only have they gotten little out of third base, but Headley has hit .327/.409/.509 in 110 career at-bats at Dodger Stadium.

  1. DJ MC - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    There is a contingent of Orioles fans that would really like to see the club go after Headley. He would fill a big hole at third base by providing both offense and defense, where the other options for the club offer only one or the other. He would bring on-base skills, which are sorely lacking in Baltimore.

    The problem is that with so many teams interested and the Padres not in a rush to deal the price will be high. There is no chance Bundy or Machado go in a deal, so let’s get that out of our minds right away. I tend to believe a deal could be made around Jonathon Schoop, Chris Tillman and Xavier Avery, but it would be hard to give up Scoop in particular.

    In the end, though, adding him to a team that–even if the second half of 2012 doesn’t go as nicely as the first–has the pieces in place to contend over the next few years would be a huge boost to Baltimore.

  2. micker716 - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I don’t get why the Padres are anxious to trade Headley. In hindsight, some of that contract extension money that went to Hundley, Maybin and Luebke would have been better spent on Headley. I get that the Padres are not going anywhere in the immediate future but Headley should be one of the guys they build around. Go ahead and trade Street, Quentin or Volquez, but you need some veterans to play with all of these prospects. Maybe the front office is sold on Gyorko as the future 3B, I’m not. Let’s see if he can hit major league pitching first. If so, Headley will have value in the off-season or in 2013.

    • icanspeel - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Where does it say the Padres are anxious to trade him? I don’t think they should, but doesn’t hurt to listen to offers.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I am sure that many teams would like him, but why would San Diego actually want to trade this guy? Given his salary and production, he should be a keeper.

  4. gloccamorra - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    This is just a case of the press assuming that with a team with a bad record, their good players are available for prospects. The same goes for Quentin and Street. The Padres have done that in the past, but they have one of the deepest, higher rated farms right now, and it’s loaded with pitching.

    Headley leads the team in hits, doubles, homers, RBI, walks and is second in runs scored, and is a lifetime .300 hitter outside Petco. What do you tell the fans, who complain they develop home-grown players only to trade them after 4-5 years?

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Every time I see the name, Chase Headley, I want to say it in my best Thurston Howell voice.

    • kiwannabee - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      Better yet: Harvey Korman.

      …. THAT’S HEADLEY!!

      • bigharold - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM


        Harvey Korman should have gotten an Oscar for the role.

      • dexterismyhero - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Slim Pickens: Somebody has to go back to town and get a s**tload of dimes!!!!!!


  6. earlnash - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Chase is playing over his HEAD…he may be a good fit for the D’backs…no way he is worth any of the Pirates’ top 5 pitching prospects…Agree that Pedro Alvarez should go to 1b…

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