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Yankees have contacted Padres about trading for an infielder

Jan 13, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

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According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Yankees have contacted the Padres about dealing for an infielder. Chase Headley has been the subject of trade speculation for a long time, often in connection with the Yankees, but Morosi writes that Logan Forsythe is “the most realistic target.”

Forysthe, who turns 27 tomorrow, batted just .214/.281/.332 with six home runs, 19 RBI and six stolen bases in 75 games last season while dealing with plantar fasciitis. However, he’s just a year removed from a .733 OPS and has experience all over the diamond. He made starts between second base, third base, shortstop, and both corner outfield spots last year.

Forsythe owns a .793 career OPS against southpaws, so Morosi speculates that he could be a platoon partner for Kelly Johnson at third base.

  1. NYTolstoy - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Hope they get a deal done…Always liked Forsythe. Still can hit his potential and just turned 27 which is when a player hits his peak. Good defense as well so get it done Yankees

  2. braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Now, THAT’S more like it. This is the kind of Yankee’s move I’m more accustomed to seeing.

    Headley has a very good glove, and if they get him, I think A-Rod has played his last game at 3B (as a Yankee anyway).

    (Forsythe is just impersonating a ML’r. If that’s who the Yankees get then clearly their approach is to invite EVERYONE to camp and then see who floats to the top; that’s an approach that will NOT work.)

    • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Who do the Yankees have in their organization that would interest the Padres for somebody of Headley’s talent?

      • bigharold - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Gardner.

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        I actually agree that Gardner, Sanchez, and one of the killer B’s could probably land Headley. But the Padres have a lot of outfield options, and Gardner is probably most valuable to a team that needs CF help.

        If the Yanks were to part with Gardner, I would suspect it would be for a starter or ace closer.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        @ spudchukar, for Gardner, Sanchez and a 3rd player they better get someone a heck of a lot better than Headley. When you consider next year he’s a FA and will only cost any team an unproven draft pick and will only net the Padres a compensation pick.

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        You underestimate Headley. He is a better defender than you recognize, and has been hampered by the size of Petco, and is a very good baserunner, who will steal double digit bases.

        Granted he has only had one break-out year, and never fully lived up to his potential, but his upside is off the charts, a 5 tool player, switch-hitter, and a quality guy.

        Plus quality third basemen are rare. Somebody will offer every bit of Gardner, Sanchez and Betances to acquire him.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        If that’s the case then that somebody can have him in my opinion.

        I agree quality 3rd baseman aren’t always available, I also agree Petco may be also effecting his overall numbers. But It’s not like the Yankees would be giving up “chopped liver” to get him with Gardner, Sanchez and a 3rd player. But as Cashman has stated on more then one occasion he doesn’t like to pay for a player twice. Meaning once with prospect and also picking up their salary. And considering Headley as I mentioned previously in all likelihood being a FA next year baring the Padres signing him to a long term deal in the neighborhood of 5 years and a whole bunch of dollars he will hit the free market and cost some team only an unproven draft pick.

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        My guess is the Padres, will dangle him seeing if someone offers what they believe he is worth, and if not then try and sign him before he hits FA, and is priced out of their reach.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        I agree with your last comment totally.

  3. pisano - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Just what the Yankees need, a .214 hitter. Chase Headley is the guy to get from the Padres if at all possible, but they don’t seem intent on moving him.

    • Old Gator - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      What would the Borg have to offer that could interest the Padres in the first place?

      • dylanthom2013 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:26 AM

        They have tons of prospects like Gary Sanchez, Jose Ramirez…..uh….mm…….hmmm….(runs away)….

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        well said Dylan, way to take old gasser to school…..school is now out!!

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Exactly right OG. Headley is going to bring some real talent if he is moved.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Hello my friend, I have to say I believe both the Padres and to some degree fans are overvaluing Headley. He’s really has had only one outstanding year in his 6 year career and that was in 2012. Aside from that he’s pretty much been only average or slightly better then average. Considering the price the Pardres want to extract from teams and his estimated $10MM payday via arbitration in 2014 he really isn’t worth it this off season.

      The better option is wait until he’s a FA at most he will cost a draft pick, if the Padres extend him a QO which I think they will and then try and sign him to a long term deal possible 4 years with a 5th year vesting option. He’ll turn 31 in May 2015 that’s probably enough years to get a deal done. Keep in mind though as it stands now there will be other FA option for 3rd base available for the 2015 season. There is no reason to overpay for Headley now.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Halle- FREAKIN-lujah! Another infielder that can’t hit .250. I think we have now cornered the market. I do not know WHY we are trying to ensure the infield flirts all year with the Mendoza line, but apparently that’s how it is done now.

    • ptfu - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:46 AM

      Forsythe plays solid defense at 2B & 3B, and can survive the occasional game at SS & corner OF–though Brendan Ryan means you hardly need him at short. Platoon him, get his plantar fascia healthy, and get him out of Petco, and you might be surprised by his bat. This guy might not dominate but I expect he’ll hold his own.

      Regarding San Diego, Forsythe (and maybe Spangenberg) is something like Headley insurance, with the Jerk shifting from second to third if it makes sense. Losing Forsythe cuts out that safety net. Of course if they think they can lock up Headley, then Forsythe’s expendable.

  5. uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    The guy has great career numbers versus LH-ed pitching. He battled plantar fasciitis in 2013 which was probably the reason his numbers were down so much in 2013. If he’s healthy which he should be, this year he should get back close to his 2012 numbers which were pretty darn good. At basically league minimum and I believe still a minor league option left it’s a no risk deal/option. If this goes down Cashman is certainly giving himself and the Yankees several options to choose from for the infield.

    Spring training should be not only interesting but a battle to see which of these guys gets to break camp and head north the end of March for basically 2 infield positions 2nd and 3rd base. We’ll see.

    • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Plantar Fasciitis comes and goes. Sometimes rest helps, sometimes it doesn’t. Just ask Albert Pujols. But since the Yanks are taking the “let’s sign a half dozen or so hopefuls” and maybe some will pan out, why not. Actually, I think Cashman has done a good job of selecting the “possibles”. Sizemore and Roberts, especially, and Forsythe would further the cause.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        I would really be interested to know/see who the Yankees would give up in a trade. My other thought is if indeed the Yankees do make a trade and do not give up someone already anticipated to make the 25 man roster one of those guys has to either traded separately or DFA. My guess it would be Ichiro.

        The Yankees could go with and are mostly likely to definitely keep: Gardner/Ellsbury/Beltran and Soriano. That makes Ichiro the odd man out since Johnson in an emergency can be used as the 5th outfielder. We’ll see.

        BTW, 10 days at the latest until a decision has to be made by Tanaka on where he is going to play.

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        The Pads have no need for an outfielder, so Ichiro would be of no interest to them. I dunno, UYF, my friend, I just do not believe the Yanks would leave themselves with only Johnson and Soriano as OF options, knowing of Beltran’s balky knees. Too many times they will need a late-inning replacement and Soriano and Johnson aren’t upgrades over Beltran, so either you replace him with lateral moves, or you burn him out.

        They may move Ichiro, but then another dependable defender in the outfield has to be on the 25 man roster, be it Almonte or someone else.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        I don’t think he has to be on the 25 man roster as long as he’s on the 40 man roster and available via a short drive from SWB to the Bronx or an easy plane ride like both Almonte and Heathcott are.

        BTW, I’m sure you of all fans realize Beltran hasn’t had any real knee issues in over 2 years. Managed properly I see no reason why Beltran and Soriano can’t alternate between the outfield and DH’ing duties with a minimal amount of risk.

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        That isn’t exactly correct. He needed days off for knee irritation and swelling numerous times in 2013, and was often spelled in later innings. In both 2012 and 2013 his numbers faded in the second half, and his knees probably have a lot to do with that.

        If the Yankees insist on him playing a full 9 innings, then he won’t be able to DH on his days off.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Like I said managed properly they (Beltran and Soriano) should be able to co-exist. Most players tend to wear down towards the end of a very long and grueling season. Beltran still managed to get at least 600 PA’s in both 2012 and 2013 and play in at least 145 games both years. Plus with the Yankees relatively small RF that should take some of the wear and tear off of him as well.

        I’m not saying that he is going to play 162 maybe not even 140 games in the field but the Yankees need his bat and the Yankees have plenty of other options available on very short notice to spell him in the field other than Ichiro occasionally when and if needed. that’s all I’m saying. That’s all I’m saying.

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Actually, Beltran only started 132 games in 2012, and 135 in 2013, so the Cards gave him days off, and some days he couldn’t answer the bell. He played 1125 innings in 2013, which is about 125 games.

        Both of those numbers are optimal, and the Yankees cannot expect more. Granted RF in the Bronx, and the ability to DH, are favorable to his PAs. But expecting any more than 600 PA is wishful thinking.

        Plus, the DH spot is going to have many suitors, with Tex, McCann, Soriano, and maybe Jeter all getting turns.

        I just think it is dangerous for the Yankees to only have lateral replacement in RF for Beltran. Because human nature, and the need to force play in tight games will only come back and bite the team and a healthy, strong Beltran is a must come September.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Please forgive the repetition at the end of my previous post. It’s a mistake.

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        No Prob. No Prob.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        I don’t think Jeter is going to get very many AB’s DH’ing. I think will will get days off and do some pinch hitting but actual DH’ing I don’t think it’s going to happen very oftenm Jeter doesn’t bring much to the table as purely a DH. Keep in mind excluding about 24 interleague games that still leaves about 138 games where the Yankees will use a DH plenty of games to go around between primarily: Soriano/Beltran/Tex and McCann. That doesn’t include complete days off that those guys will get occasionally on some sort of a rotation basis.

  6. stex52 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Wait, are we talking baseball here? What’s wrong?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Bridgeghazi!1!

  7. bronxbomber203 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    What the Yankees COULD and SHOULD to-do list for 2014.

    Sign Masahiro Tanaka.
    Trade Brett Gardner and David Phelps for Javier Baez
    Trade Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams for Miguel Sano
    Trade 2nd round draft pick and 500,000 cash for Nick Franklin

    Yankees Lineup

    Opening Day

    CF- Ellsbury
    SS- Jeter
    RF- Beltran
    1B- Teixera
    DH- Soriano
    C- McCann
    3b- Johnson
    2b- Franklin
    LF- Ichiro

    P- CC, Kuroda, Tanaka, Nova, Pineda

    Mid-2014

    CF- Ellsbury
    SS- Jeter
    RF- Beltran
    1B- Teixera
    DH- Soriano
    C- McCann
    3b- Sano/Baez (Split) (If both ready for MLB)
    2b- Franklin
    LF- Ichiro

    Same Rotation

    Opening Day 2015

    CF- Ellsbury
    SS- Baez (Jeter Retires)
    RF- Beltran
    3b- Sano
    1B- Teixera
    C- McCann
    DH- Soriano (Re-Sign 1 year)
    2b- Franklin
    LF- Slade Heathcott

    P- CC, Kuroda, Tanaka, Pineda (Resign if good in 2014), sign free agent pitcher.

    This is simply perfection. And very possible. The yanks don’t “Need” Gardner, Sanchez or Mason Williams. What they need is youth and this will solve their struggles in the IF for the long run for sure.

    • bigyankeemike - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      You can’t trade draft picks.

    • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      There is little chance the Twins would trade Sano for the likes of Sanchez and Williams, and even if one could trade picks a second rounder and 1/2 a mil isn’t going to get Franklin.

  8. icanspeel - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Having watched Forsythe since he came up, he is a solid infielder. Plays hard, above average defense, has some pop in his bat. Had an off year last year due to injuries and really injuries have been his biggest issue, but has lots of potential when healthy.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsK/9573-1934.gif

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