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Padres “willing to listen to offers” for Chase Headley

Dec 1, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the scoop:

The Padres have made a few runs at signing third baseman Chase Headley to a long-term contract to no avail, and now according to sources, San Diego is willing to listen to offers for the switch-hitter.

The Yankees have checked in before and apparently did so again this winter, but Sherman hears that “neither side thinks they match up” well enough to execute a trade. Headley had a down year in 2013, hitting just .250/.347/.400 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 141 games. He hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and 115 RBI over 161 games in 2012.

The 29-year-old is currently on track to become a free agent after the 2014 season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    1) What scoop? I have seen this rumor surface before.

    2) Whenever I see the name Headley, I think of the movie “Blazing Saddles”.

    • ptfu - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Yep! That Headley.

    • derklempner - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      “That’s Hedley…”

    • mariagjones - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        A-Rod wanted to call your best friend’s aunt as a potential witness, but since the process was a sham, he wasn’t able to do so.

  2. paperlions - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Headley didn’t actually have a “down” year in 2013, he had a year consistent with his ability. If you look at his career, 2012 was CLEARLY an outlier in terms of offensive performance. He’s a fine hitter who plays plus defense, but the guy he was in 2013 is pretty much the guy he has always been except for 2012. He’s an above average regular, not a star.

    • ptfu - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Chase Headley’s knee wasn’t right all year and he had surgery on it after the season. Headley downplayed it but I’ll bet he was affected on some level anyway.

      It wouldn’t surprise me if improved health led to improved numbers. I don’t think he will hit 31 dingers again but there is some room to improve.

      • paperlions - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Regardless of injury, if you look at his career, the year that is not like the others is 2012, not 2013. Most teams aren’t going to hope that 2012 wasn’t an outlier and rely on an injury explanation.

      • derklempner - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        paperlions, you could make a case that he’s increasing his production as he nears his prime years. When he became a “full-time” player in 2008, his numbers steadily improved in 2009, took a dip in 2010, and then increased again in 2011, and even more in 2012. It’s a possibility that 2013 was a down year due to injuries, but I’ll be willing to bet that, regardless if he’s an average (or above-average) player or even a perennial all-star, some team looking for a third baseman will not only trade for him, but even offer him a contract extension for five or six years in the $10-12 million per year range.

    • golddirector - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Headley was injured. Apparently in spring training with the full knowledge of the team. In the offseason he has had surgery for the same injury that just cost the Bulls Rose his entire season.

      Headley hit .280/.371/.458/.829 in the second half in 2013. THIS is pretty much the player he is when healthy.

      He ranked 6th overall in MLB at 3B for 2013 and he ranked 4th in the 2nd half. With the move of Cabrera to 1B, Headley slots in as the 4th best 3B in the game.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Still curious if the Sox check in, and if the Padres would consider Middlebrooks.

    I think he still has a good deal of value, and I’d hate to see John Ferrell screw up his development because he doesn’t trust him.

  4. thomas844 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    The Reds should really take a look at Headley. They struggled offensively and Headley, even despite a down year (.250/.347/.400), still put up better numbers than Cincy’s current 3B, Frazier (.234/.314/.407).

    A move to Cincinnati’s small field could very well bring Headley back to 2013 form and even if he doesn’t get to that point, he is still a solid player. If the Reds want a chance to beat the Cardinals and Pirates in the Central, they need to get a switch-hitting guy like Headley to compliment the bats of Votto and Bruce in the lineup.

  5. darthicarus - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I would like to think Dave Dombrowski has checked in on Headley. I’m not sold on Castellanos starting the year at 3B, plus that left-side defense would be pretty nice with Headley & Iglesias.

  6. kruegere - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Padres execs have ears, can hear.

  7. DonKellyBaby - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    He’ll be a Tiger in a week or two

    • golddirector - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Tigers simply do not have the MLB player and prospects to bring back Headley in trade.

  8. golddirector - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    OF COURSE the Padres will listen to offers for Headley. Its pretty stupid tho think that any team wouldnt listen to offers for ANY player. And since teams like the Yankees, Tigers and Dodgers would be offering Headley 6-7 year deals with an AAV of around $18 million if he were a free agent today, its likely that the Padres know that they will not be able to afford him if they wait to sign him after the 2014 season. The guy has 16 WAR over the past 3 seasons. When he gets an injury in spring training that would have ended most seasons, see Derrick Rose, he plays through it and still is the 6th best third baseman in the game.His 2nd half in 2013 ranks him 4th in the game at his position. The guy is a stud and is going to get paid HUGE for it. The only question is who is going to give him that 9 figure pay day..

  9. canadatude - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    AA will get Headley for the Blue Jays and slide Lawrie over to 2B where they have a hole now.

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