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Chase Headley, Padres “not on the same page” regarding a long term deal

Feb 1, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

Chase Headley AP

Chase Headley  just signed a one year deal avoiding arbitration. But if the’s going to stay in San Diego for the long haul, there’s a lot of work to to:

“We talked about a long-term contract briefly at the start of these negotiations,” said Headley. “It was a quick discussion. We weren’t on the same page right from the start. This close to free agency, it has to be a good deal for us. You can’t sacrifice what’s fair.”

Headley says he wants to stay in San Diego, but talks are on hold right now.

Of course, if you’re the Padres this makes perfect sense. Headley is coming off a career year and he’s under team control through 2014.  In 2015 he’ll be 31. So if the Padres do nothing except ride out one more year of arbitration, they’ll most likely have had him for his best few seasons. Alternatively, they could shop him to any number of other teams either this year or next and get some young talent in return.

Like the Yankees. I heard their third baseman was retiring/going into exile on Elba.


  1. flosox - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Youk is retiring?

  2. joecool16280 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Sell high SD.

  3. jwbiii - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Don’t the Padres have decent 3B prospects backed up all the way to Fort Wayne? Sell.

    • icanspeel - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      They have Jed Gyorko who will make his MLB debut this year at 2nd even though he is naturally a 3rd baseman. I think the Padres strategy is to see if Headley can repeat some of the success, see how Gyorko handles MLB pitching and then decide what to do based on those results.

      • vanmorrissey - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Thanks ican, said that yesterday. If Headley continues to put up the numbers the first half this year that he did second half last year, would get greatly if Quentin can stay vertical also, then they’ll get a deal done. These are just headlines, nothing else going on here. If numbers are not quite parallel to last year’s then they’ll trade high hoping Gyorko will pick up any slack and get a haul in return. Just a wait and see game.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Like the Yankees. I heard their third baseman was retiring/going into exile on Elba

    I believe certain NY media segments would prefer if he were exiled to Saint Helena. After all, it’s too easy to come back from Elba.

  5. simon94022 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Elba opens the door for an ARod comeback. Mike Lupica won’t settle for anyplace closer than St. Helena.

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