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There is “growing sentiment” that the Padres will trade Chase Headley this offseason

Nov 17, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe:

Chase Headley, 3B, Padres — There’s growing sentiment that Headley will be traded this offseason. There’s been talk about an extension, but the Padres, who are now willing to increase payroll under CEO Mike Dee’s leadership, are thinking that they can improve a couple of different areas long-term by dealing their third baseman. Dee is hoping to “win our fans back. We have to build trust with our fans that when we make a move it’s for the good of the franchise, a good baseball move rather than a perception that we’re trying to trim payroll. We need our fans to trust us as an organization again.”

Headley had a disappointing .250/.347/.400 batting line with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 141 games this year for the 76-86 Padres. But he batted .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and 115 RBI in 161 games last year, and there are certain to be teams willing to buy low.

The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the third and final time this winter.

He is currently scheduled to become a free agent after the 2014 season.

  1. NYTolstoy - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    I’m a big fan of Headley and I was hoping he would get an extension but I doubted that both sides would really go so far in negotiations. I hope they can atleast get some prospects to pan out and not another Mayben who has floundered as a number 1 pick.

  2. gloccamorra - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I think Cafardo is working off the talk of other GMs who were quizzed about Headley’s value by the ACTUAL baseball guy in charge, Padres GM Josh Byrnes. At the meetings, GMs bounce wild proposals off each other, many with no intention of executing those moves, but just to assess the value of their own players.

    Mike Dee is the Padres’ CEO and has nothing to do with the baseball operation. If anything, his quote could be read as indicating the team will “keep faith” with the fans by trying to keep Headley. The major gripe of Padres fans is that the team gets rid of players once they get too expensive, and trading Headley would only confirm that perception.

    Trading him after a down year won’t get much more than if he has a bounce back year and gets traded at the deadline to a team that would want to keep him. There’s still the chance to sign him after the season, or giving him a qualifying offer and getting a first round draft choice for him if he signs elsewhere.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      He seems to be one of those reporters who make stuff up.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    If the Red Sox are as down on Middlebrooks as John Farrell seems to be, maybe they are a potential partner.

  4. paperlions - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Headley’s 2012 season clearly represents an outlier. He’s a solid player both offensively and defensively….but anyone trading for him or signing him to an extension that expects a repeat performance will likely be very disappointed.

  5. babyjayjustin - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    He did come into the league playing left field, not sure on how his ability to play out there may be, but for a team like the Mets needing desperately to make some kind of splash this year, Chase could be the kinda LFer with pop they lack for under 100million

  6. surfoside4life - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    The Padres trading away their best player. That’s new……..

    • icanspeel - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Normally I’d be mad, but Gyorko looked pretty good and his original position was 3rd, so I am curious to see what kind of offers they get. Worst case, they keep him, then give him qualifying offer next year and at least get draft pick if he leaves.

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