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Padres avoid arbitration with Chase Headley at $8.575 million

Jan 30, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

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Another big arbitration case has been settled.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Padres and third baseman Chase Headley avoided a salary arbitration hearing on Wednesday evening by agreeing to a one-year, $8.575 million contract.

Headley requested $10.3 million and was offered $7.075 million by the San Diego front office when figures were exchanged earlier this month. It didn’t take long for the sides to find a middle ground.

Headley, 28, batted .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and 115 RBI in 161 games last season for the Friars. He will be eligible for salary arbitration again in 2014 before hitting free agency heading into 2015.

The Padres will likely attempt to work out a long-term extension with Headley at some point this year.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    hope they can lock him down to a 4 year deal…pads fans deserve a good team and this guy can help bring up the middle of the line up. With the fences being brought in a bit…the offense can look a lot more deadly now

  2. 13arod - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    deserves 10 millon not 8 million

    • badandy519 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      probably does deserve the bigger contract, but he would have needed to win arbitration about 53% of the time just to break even. when you consider the $1.5M gtd, its about 21% over the bottom number on a one year deal, it’s a no brainer to not gamble.

  3. jpash42 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Wish the Phils had him.

  4. uyf1950 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    If the Padres do want to extend him during or after the 2013 season I think it will take 5 additional years added to his last remaining arbitration year (2014).and probably somewhere between $75 to $90MM total. Assuming he has a very nice 2013 season

  5. vanmorrissey - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    This was the path they were taking anyway. Padres are in a wait and see mode as to whether or not he continues to put up comparable numbers this season if he stays healthy and Quentin behind him can stay on the field and provide protection. If so, they’ll get a deal done midway through the season.

    • gloccamorra - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      There’s a downside to that wait and see strategy. If his second half (23 of the 31 homers after the ASG) was no fluke, then uyf1950 is right, he’ll be worth more than $10 million/year and much harder for the Padres to sign. If it’s true you can’t pay more than one-sixth of payroll for any one player and the Padres can’t afford more than an $85 million payroll, than all they can offer is $14 mil/year, and there are deep pocketed teams that will pay much more than that. Gold gloves, stolen bases and homers are a rare combination for third basemen.

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