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Blue Jays interested in Padres third baseman Chase Headley

Jun 27, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Chase Headley is an impending free agent and the Padres in 34-45, so it makes sense that they’re shopping him and Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Blue Jays are interested in the 30-year-old third baseman.

Headley’s stock has plummeted since a breakout 2012 season in which he hit .286 with with 31 homers and an .875 OPS while leading the NL with 115 RBIs. Last season his OPS declined by 130 points and this year he’s hit .199 through 58 games while also missing time with a back injury that required an epidural injection last week.

He’s owed about $6 million for the remainder of this season and the Padres are currently without an actual general manager after firing Josh Byrnes, but Sanders speculates that they might just be willing to clear his salary off the books while acquiring a mediocre prospect in return.

Toronto is currently using Juan Francisco as its primary third baseman and he’s provided plenty of power with 12 homers and an .832 OPS in 57 games, but his defense is sketchy and his .302 career on-base percentage is always an issue.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Toronto needs a second baseman more that a third baseman. Chalk this story up to wishful thinking.

    • rpearlston - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      But acquiring a third baseman noves Lawrie (when healthy) to second. Your (apparent) problem solved.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Wrong. There is no proof that this .190 hitter would be an upgrade.

    • sfp311 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Granted Headley’s .199 average so far is underwhelming, I would much rather have him as a bench player then Steve Tolleson. His AB’s would probably be limited once Lawrie returns but I think a switch hitting bench player would be a nice addition. The only problem is of course, that rarely do Blue Jays rumours come to fruition, Alex likes to keep things tight-lipped.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        AA’s trades are done in secret. Stories like this are usually bogus.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        When it comes to gossip about potential trades by the Jays, it is best to believe nothing that you read on the internet, because it almost certainly will not happen. .

    • nikedunks13 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Lawrie has played plenty of second base. As far as not wanting a .190 hitter, this wouldn’t be the first time the Blue Jays turned players that looked bad into good hitters. Have some faith in your coaching, remember how bad Bautista and Encarnacion were before they went to Toronto?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Those 2 gentlemen did not become good overnight. It took a lot more than half a season.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        I was just reading that the object of your affection has a bad back that will bother him the rest of the season. As far as I am concerned, the Yankees can have him.

  2. cur68 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    No. Way. Our Boys got enough bad backs on the team. Lets get a pitcher, AA! Jeff Samardzija in all his mullet headed glory for preference.

    • rpearlston - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      That still leaves a hole at second, which means that balls get through when they ought not to do so. That allows more rungs to score, not a lack of pitching. Trading for a third baseman allows the team to solve that problem by sliding Lawrie over to second.

      • cur68 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        True enough but a bad back ≠ adequate 2B defence. Anyhow, IMO by far the best way to defend 2B is to have very good pitching. Upgrade that and play some league average 2B defence and you’re way better off than with a guy who can’t bend over to stop a ball.

  3. bestintheworld92 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Padres should trade him to Detroit for Castellanos & also Houston street for Idk a couple of prospects

    • miguelcairo - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Great trade in a video game, but this is actual real life baseball. Sorry man.

    • ch0psuey - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      17 thumbs down and no thumbs up says it all. Nice try kid.

  4. luz56 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Hill heads back to Toronto

  5. inamfarzad - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I hate rumors. I wish they would be true like this one. Pull the strings on this AA!

  6. icanspeel - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    One would guess they could get Headley fairly cheap at this point and his numbers may be underwhelming, but he is in serious need of a change of scenery. He isn’t a #3-#4 hitter in the lineup like the Padres try to use him as and he can’t carry a team, but he plays solid defense and would probably hit in a more hitter friendly park and with less pressure batting lower in the lineup.

  7. chargrz - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    He was a solid hitter for the Padres until last season. What happened? Hate to see him go but the writing is on the wall. The Padres won’t get anything for him either. They should just keep him for the rest of the season and get a supplemental 1st rd. draft pick for 2015.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      To get a supplemental pick, they would have to 1) make him a qualifying offer of about $15 million. 2) he would have to foolishly decline the qualifying offer, and 3) some other team would subsequently have to sign him before the draft. That sequence of events is highly unlikely. It is highly unlikely that San Diego would get any compensation if they lose him as a free agent.

  8. twalton95 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Toronto seems like a very stupid team to me, how do they look at their starting rotation and say “Hmmmmm… yup we definitely need more offense.”

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