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Padres might wait on trading Chase Headley

Jul 29, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Yankees, Orioles, Indians, A’s and Pirates are among the teams with interest in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley. But there probably won’t be any action on that front this summer.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Friars “aren’t far down the road” in any trade negotiations involving Headley and “might table it to the winter” if it allows other teams to get involved in the bidding.

Headley, 28, is hitting .267/.363/.424 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI this season in 102 games played, and has been one of the most productive overall third basemen in the major leagues.

He’s under contract through 2014, so the Padres are in no real hurry to move him this summer and may be able to snag a better pacakge of prospects if they practice some patience. Or maybe the leaking of this report is part of a strategy by the San Diego front office to drive up Headley’s price. It is, after all, crazy season.

  1. bmeran1 - Jul 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Because his value will be so much greater when there aren’t a bunch of teams in the playoff hunt desperate for a 3B

    • icanspeel - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Whether it is now or the off-season, there are some teams that will want to upgrade the third baseman position. The difference between them trading now and in the off-season is that no playoff contender will want to part with any MLB/MLB ready talent now. Do you think the Reds would have given up what they did for Matt Latos right now? Probably not since it consisted of 1 MLB player and 3 MLB ready players.

      • bmeran1 - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        A 23 year old starting pitcher is very different than an above average 29 year old 3B who had the best month of his life earlier this season. Don’t get me wrong I’d love to have him and I think he’ll be alot better outside of petco, but if the padres think waiting until this off season is going to get them an elite prospect they’re out of their mind. As for adding more teams to the mix bad teams are already involved because of his contract. I think if they wait for the off season they eliminate the Yankees, and probably the Angels and Orioles. The price isn’t going any higher sell him now or build a different ball park.

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