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Padres, Chase Headley unlikely to get a contract extension done

Mar 9, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that the Padres and third baseman Chase Headley appear unlikely to agree to a contract extension before he heads into free agency. The club offered him an unknown amount over the winter, but talks dissipated.

Headley had a breakout season in 2012, finishing with an .875 OPS and a fifth-place finish in NL MVP voting, but suffered a broken left thumb and continues to be bothered by a strained calf. His numbers last season, while respectable, didn’t quite match 2012’s output.

Unless the Padres are right in the thick of things in late July, it is quite likely that Headley will be used as a trade chip before the deadline on the 31st.

  1. icanspeel - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Assuming Headley does ok this year, Padres might be best off just keeping him and offering him a qualifying offer at the end of the year. Doubt teams would offer more than the compensation for half a year of his services.

  2. senioreditor2 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    There’s a MAJOR shortage at 3B, he’s going to get a significant contract. The Padres would be smart to move him for prospects.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      Considering he’s owed $10.5MM this year if the Padres wait until the regular season starts to trade him I doubt the Padres would get much in the way of prospects they want. At that point his new team can’t make him a QO and for some team to pay the bulk of his $10.5MM salary and give up prospects and not necessarily be able to recoup anything if he moves on for the 2015 season is going to be asking a lot. Then consider if he starts out the 2014 season like he played in 2013 demand for Headley isn’t going to be that great I doubt the demand would be enough to justify that huge salary and giving up prospects.

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