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Padres ready to re-start contract talks with Chase Headley

May 2, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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After failing to agree to a long-term contract extension with the Padres this offseason Chase Headley explained that the two sides “weren’t on the same page” and added that “this close to free agency, it has to be a good deal for us.”

Two months later Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that “Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler has given general manager Josh Byrnes the go-ahead to begin negotiations” with Headley and “the club is willing to make Headley the highest-paid player in franchise history.”

Of course, while “the highest-paid player in franchise history” sounds impressive it doesn’t actually mean a whole lot in this case, because the biggest contract in Padres history belongs to Jake Peavy at $52 million. And, well, Chase Headley is going to want much more than $54 million to bypass becoming a free agent following next season.

Headley is making $8.575 million this season and is arbitration eligible for the final time in 2014, when he’ll be in line for more than $10 million. A lot may depend on what type of follow-up season he ends up having after a career-year in 2012, but at age 28 it’s hard to imagine Headley taking less than, say, six years and $90 million.

  1. icanspeel - May 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    On the San Diego talk radio they were mentioning the offer to be around 5 year 70 mill which I don’t think would get it done. Hopefully the Padres try to get a deal done and don’t just make it a PR thing showing they tried and Headley wanted too much.

  2. paperlions - May 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Headly is 29 and SD can keep him through his age 30 season. He just started hitting his age 27 season. That generally, but not always, is associated with guys with short peaks. If SD was smart they’d arb him another year and let him go or just see what they can get in trade right now….after all, they aren’t in position to compete this year or next….and signing a guy with Headly’s profile to a 5 year deal that goes until he is 34-35 has a high likelihood of being a bad deal.

    • senioreditor2 - May 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I agree, move on. There’s a terrible shortage of quality 3rd basemen and they could parlay a trade into many decent prospects.

  3. scoocha - May 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Padres get ready to watch Headley steal your cash. Like other posters, his peak will be short and not worth the money. Trade him now!

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