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Yankees acquire Chase Headley from Padres

Jul 22, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

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After more than a year of frequent trade rumors the Padres have finally dealt Chase Headley, as Ken Rosenthal of reports that they’re sending the 30-year-old impending free agent third baseman to the Yankees.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says the Padres will receive infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula in exchange for Headley. Solarte was signed as a minor-league free agent and De Paula is a 23-year-old Single-A pitcher who’s not considered a top prospect (although he does have a big strikeout rate).

Two seasons ago Headley smacked 31 homers, led the league in RBIs, and finished fifth in the MVP balloting, but his production plummeted last season and this year he’s been mostly injured and ineffective while hitting ..229 with seven homers and a .651 OPS in 77 games. However, he’s shown some signs of life this month and given the minimal talent price tag the Yankees aren’t taking much of a risk in acquiring him when the in-house alternatives for them at third base were guys like Solarte and Zelous Wheeler.

San Diego missed an opportunity to cash in Headley for huge value following the 2012 season and now they’re simply getting a modest return for him instead of letting him walk for nothing as a free agent in three months. Keeping him and then making him a qualifying offer was another option for the Padres and would have fetched them a draft pick if he signed elsewhere, but clearly they didn’t want to risk Headley simply accepting a one-year, $14 million deal to return in 2015. New York is not eligible to make him a qualifying offer.

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  1. hoopmatch - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Evidently, the Yankees are looking to add more English-speaking US citizens to their lineup and send Spanish speakers elsewhere.

    • zackd2 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Yes that must be the reason.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      That must be why they invested $150 million in a Japanese pitcher

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:50 AM

        Yeah! and look what happened!

    • tim11959tim119 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      They have a long way to go but I like the way you think hoopmatch.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      More seriously, after everybody talked a few days ago about the San Diego “geniuses” in the Huston Street trade, this is all they got back for Headley, even with his decline of the last year-plus?

      Seriously, rabid Yankee fans aside, Solarte will never be more than a AAAA-replacement callup player. And De Paula is 23 and still at A ball. Some “geniuses” in San Diego, eh? Matthew Poulliot here might want to join others in re-evaluating his take of the Angels side on the Street trade last week.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        On the other hand Hedley has a bad back and has only had one good season in his career.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        And De Paula is 23

        To note, that should be “23” because the guy has lied about his age multiple times. He even was suspended a year for doing so.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        COPO, yes, I’ve read about that, too.

        So, the Padres get a 25-year-old A baller, who, if he’s that old, will never make it to the bigs, and a career AAAA-replacement level player.

        The Cardinals, meanwhile, got Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk for David Freese, who is basically the same player. Yes, Freese has another year of contract control, making him more valuable that way. At the same time, he’s a year older.

        And of course, the Pads could have traded Headley long ago.

        So again, back to the Huston Street trade … and the fact that there’s not a genius running the Padres. The Angels may just have made a decent trade.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        I just liked saying “Yangervis”. *sigh*

    • caeser12 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM


      Your comment has finally opened my eyes to what “play the game the WH,er Right way,” means.

      Back to 1946 with you.

  2. phillysports1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    He’s a BUM.

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      I love all of the self-unawareness of this comment.

  3. wilmyers09 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    phillysports1 says the phillies fan

  4. tbird05 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I wonder if he can pitch.

  5. ctony1216 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Reason for optimism: Headley’s post-All Star Break numbers have been surprisingly good the last couple of years.

    2012: .308 BA; .386 OBA; .592 SLUG; .978 OPS
    2013: .280 BA; .371 OBA; .458 SLUG; 829 OPS

    After 3 games Post-All-Start Break this year…
    2014: .308 BA; .308 OBA; .462 SLUG; .769 OPS

    Smaller home ballpark too can’t hurt.

  6. realgone2 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Padres front office blew this one. If they had traded him in ’12 they would have got a hell of a lot more.

    • icanspeel - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Maybe why the GM is no longer there from 2012?

    • geejon - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      There was NO good reason NOT to deal him after that year for the simple fact that by holding onto him only bad things could have happened. If he got hurt, his value crashed. If he struggled, his value crashed. If he kept hitting, he probably would have still fetched pretty much the same as he would have immediately following his big year. The risk/reward was so obvious its mind-boggling they went the route of keeping him. And these guys get paid millions to make decisions that seem so obvious and repeatedly get them wrong. Feel sorry for S.D. fans. Two years ago they could have gotten 2 stud prospects in return that would probably be up with the team right now, playing well, on a super cheap salary. Instead they get bupkis.

      • schlom - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        I’ve seen a lot of comments like this – “If only the Padres would have traded him after his awesome 2012 season!” So every team should trade a player coming off a career year since “their value can only decline?” So shouldn’t the Angels trade Mike Trout right now since there’s almost no way he can get better? Or the Pirates should unload Andrew McCutchen for the same reason?

      • geejon - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        @schlom …

        that’s an incredibly stupid response. The difference between a Chase Headley and a Mike Trout is that the Angels have no problems paying market value (or above) in order to keep a player like him so trading him is never even up for discussion but the Padres ALWAYS end up dealing players who reach all-star level play because they can’t/won’t pay the money necessary to keep them. See the difference? That being the case, NOT trading him when he was at peak value while at the same time knowing they’d have to trade within 2 years was incredibly stupid and in the end they get basically nothing for a guy who could’ve netted them some top prospects when you recall the names being thrown around the summer after his big year.

      • schlom - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        We don’t know why the Padres didn’t sign Headley to an extension. It might be that they are cheap. But it also might be that they wanted to see if he could back up his 2012 season. And since he didn’t he wasn’t worth the $15m per season (or whatever) it would have taken to sign him. It certainly might have been a bad move to not trade him after 2012. However an even worse move would have been to sign him to a big extension.

        The simple fact is that trading him was never really a realistic option – teams simply don’t trade players coming a season like Headley’s 2012 (who have more than a year left on their contract).

      • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        Actually, the Padres had good reason not to trade him – they tried to re-sign him. He wouldn’t negotiate, and after several injuries his agents came to the table with lofty expectations last off-season.

        They were millions apart and the Padres were left with the option of keeping him all year and making a qualifying offer (ruined by his play this year) or trading him at the deadline. They just got what they could for him, and unless the Yankees throw money at him, he’ll find out what he’s really worth, with his injury history and 2 months of power a couple years ago.

        For those who don’t know any better, previous owners gave the Padres a reputation for letting their homegrown stars go or trading them when they demanded big salaries. The new owners tried to avoid that stigma with Headley, and it cost them. The temporary GMs just decided to end the drama and get something for him now, rather than make one last offer when he’s a FA and watch him go for nothing, also clearing the decks for the new GM.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        @Gloccamorra, If the Pads weren’t offering $14M per year on a multiyear, they were taking a big gamble that he would bounce back enough to be worth that on the QO for 1 year.

        I understand management sentiment, but if the two were miles apart, they should have looked for a spring training trade. That way, the new team would have the right to a post-season QO, of course, and Headley could have brought more in return for that reason alone.

      • geejon - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        @ gloccamorra … of course they came back last offseason asking for big dollars because he was coming off a down year and was only a year away from being a free agent so unless they got a big deal it wasn’t worth it to sign a deal with SD at that time. Player and agent figured at worst he’d have a similar year to 2013 or at best something resembling 2012, never imagining it’d be worse than 2013.

        The time for a trade by the Padres was in the winter of 2012 not 2013. If he didn’t sign with them after 2012 (eating some ‘control’ years) they had to know he was going to test FA no matter what so they shot themselves in the foot by holding onto to him. He in turn shot himself in the foot by playing poorly and waiting til he hit free agency to sign a long term deal. Everyone lost.

  7. yankeefan1950 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Yet another sub .230 has-been. Cashman never ceases to amaze me, why he thinks that every single has-been or never-was will hit once they get to Yankee stadium is mind boggling. Brignac, Cruz, Johnson, Roberts, Ryan, Pena, the list from the past few years goes on and on.

    • geejon - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      He really has no choice. The farm system is barren. When you have nothing to offer other clubs in a deal, those are the types you’re stuck acquiring and hoping for a miracle.

      20 yrs ago their farm system was producing the likes of Jeter, Pettitte, Mariano, Bernie Williams, Posada, etc … now they’re producing doodoo on a stick. That’s their biggest issue right now and until that changes they won’t be serious contenders again because although you they might be able to “buy” a Tanaka here and there, this isn’t basketball where one player can make a huge difference. You need a T.E.A.M.

      • tcostant - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        The real thing that hurt them is they can’t buy every overseas prospect and hope a few hit (now they is a cap on international signings). It always interesting to me that Jeter, Pettitte, Mariano, Williams, & Posada are noted as the strong farm system of the past. The dirty little secret is that only Jeter was drafted and the rest were signed in Yankee style as the highest bidder.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Posada and Pettite were both drafted by the Yankees.

      • chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        to TCOSTANT:

        Mariano Rivera was signed for $3,000 out of Panama. Not exactly the big bad Yankees of lore.

      • pftfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        And Bernie Williams went undrafted.

      • sbmcintosh36 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        @TCOSTANT…and a little FYI they just “bought” EVERY international player they had targeted in the international draft just a few weeks ago so I guess you can file that one with your complete lack of knowledge on who they drafted. Rank
        Dermis Garcia 1
        Nelson Gomez 2
        Juan DeLeon 5
        Jonathan Amundaray 7
        Antonio Arias 9

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        You know why no one talks about how those other players were signed “Yankee style as the highest bidder”, tcostant?

        Because it’s not true. NONE of those players were signed that way. Where do you get your information, from the voices inside your head?

    • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      It seems like a very low price to pay, and a temporary upgrade. I don’t think this hurts the Yankees unless I’ve underrated Solarte.

      I can understand being annoyed that there’s no better option. And that’s Cashman’s fault.

      But given that there’s no better option, I think Cashman did fine on this deal.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Then again, according to Fangraphs, the Padres and Yankees were getting the same production out of third base.,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

      • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Never mind. I must be reading this page wrong. According to the page I linked to, the Indians have 929 plate appearances out of their 3Bs, and the Astros have 398.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        This doesn’t include park factors, but it’s the raw numbers …

        Yankee third basemen: .260/.330/.393
        Padre third basemen: .221/.281/.325

        I know Petco is a pitchers’ park, but that’s not good.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        He’s had a good July.

      • chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Cashman did better than fine in this deal – he got a guy who can help for a minor league free agent and a class A pitcher who is profiled as a middle reliever.

        3b was a cluster because of the timing of the Alex stuff. By the time there was any clarity on the issue the better options (Freese, Peralta) were off the board. He looked at Kelly Johnson as someone who could hit home runs at Yankee Stadium – kind of a left handed version of Mark Reynolds.

        And, like McCarthy – it gives the Yankees the opportunity to take a look at Headley in their park so that they can evaluate whether or not to bring him back.

    • hushdawg27 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:45 AM

      I really don’t want to hear any complaining about free agent acquisitions from the entitled, whiny Yankee fan contingency. The Yankees and their garish offseason spending habits have provided their fan base with a litany of talented players year in and year out. I find it offensive to read this drivel from Yankee fans bemoaning Brian Cashman’s existence and deprecating the additions of players like Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson when the same man just bought you the best pitcher in Japan, one of the best offensive catchers in baseball, the most sought-after free agent outfielder in the game and a borderline Hall of Fame outfielder in a half BILLION dollar exercise in gluttony. It’s the Yankee Way and business is business…not all teams are big market titans like the Yankees and I respect that. However, when you drop 500 mil and can barely play.500 ball, you can’t bite the hand that feeds you and bash upper management for every player that didn’t develop into the next Bernabe Williams. Just accept it Yankee fans…you can’t win a damn ring every single year even with a payroll large enough to buy the sultanship of Brunei.

  8. pete2112 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Great… He’s been injured on and off all season and they trade a guy that was really holding his own for a portion of this season when nobody else was doing anything. I’m not saying Solarte was the future of the team but either is this guy.
    I’m not thrilled but what else is knew with this team. I hope Headley is at least better defensively as they need help in that department. Last nights game was an embarrassment with the the errors they made.

    • zzalapski - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Since the calendar flipped to June, Solarte couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat (12-for-78, 3 2B, 0 HR, 10 BB). He just turned 27; there’s a reason why he hasn’t reached the majors before this season.

      I don’t see how getting someone who can at least be a league-average 3B for two ciphers is a bad move, even before taking financial considerations into account; the Yankees are on the hook for only $3M of his remaining salary.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Exactly. Solarte has his flash, but really, he’s a AAAA/replacement level guy.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Because the Yanks are going nowhere this year (and I’m a fan) and trading prospects (however marginal) for 30+ year old free agents-to-be having terrible years is nothing more than shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Headley is a former gold glove at third with good range and a strong arm. He got it when the Padres lost their shortstop Jerry Hairston in 2010 and picked up Miggy Tejada, whose range was gone. Headley stepped up with out-of-zone fielding to cover for Tejada, and he’ll probably do the same for Jeter.

      BTW, I know NL West games start at 11 PM Eastern and end when East Coast fans are in bed, but AL East fans really need to learn more about the NL teams besides the Hollywood Dodgers and Puig! Puig! You wouldn’t know much more about the Giants than the Padres, if the Giants hadn’t won two of the last four World Series. You don’t want to sound like the East Coaster who claimed he couldn’t name a single member of the Padres.

  9. ctony1216 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Unfortunately, Headley will have to shave off the beard. I think it’s time the Yankees changed their grooming rule to allow for a well-trimmed look. When you look good, you feel good, when you feel good, you play well. Brian McCann looked much better with a beard in Atlanta, and perhaps not coincidentally, played better with it too.

    • zzalapski - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      The association of facial grooming with MLB performance is the epitome of coincidence.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        Kind of like the “pinstripe effect”

      • zzalapski - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Pinstripes *do* make anyone look slimmer.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Don’t tell that to Al Hrabosky!

    • themightymick1961 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Shave it off,Headley. At least there is one pro sports team that still looks professional.

  10. ralphwilsonisrich - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Must suck to be a Padres fan, the constant trading away of players and rebuilding.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      You get used to it.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        I think the great weather, beautiful beaches and easygoing lifestyle more than makes up for it.

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      In the Padres’ defense, Headley wasn’t staying, and given the last season and a half, wasn’t really doing it for them anymore.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      They’re not rebuilding, they’re jettisoning the guys who wouldn’t be back next year anyway, and in the case of Street, the extra closer. Headley has been a “will he sign an extension or won’t he?” topic since his miracle two month season, his agents have priced him as a superstar, and the fans are tired of the drama.

      The Temp GMs are just clearing away the loose ends so the new GM won’t have to deal with them. The Padres will just convert Jedd Gyorko back to 3B and play several 2B candidates the rest of the season.

  11. tcostant - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    This guys production will make A-Rod look even better when he returns to 3B in 2015.

  12. chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Smart trades for Cashman:

    McCarthy for a former Indy League pitcher (Nuno)
    Headley for a career minor leaguer with a great April (Solarte) and a hard throwing RHP who has had multiple issues with regard to pinpointing his age (he’s officially listed as between 23 and 37)

    Neither McCarthy or Headley look like guys who can carry the Yankees to the post-season but they’re both players that can help now and, possibly more important, are guys that the Yankees would have considered as Free Agents this winter. What Cashman essentially has done is bought himself a couple of months to evaluate whether those guys are fits.

    • csbanter - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      McCarthy and Headley significant upgrades over Nuno and Solarte. Now if they can only get a second baseman with some pop to replace Roberts.

      • chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        They could call up either Pirela or Refsnyder.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Like Johnson?

    • zzalapski - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Headley can also play 1B, which will come in handy whenever Teixeira needs time off.

      • chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        He can also play RF which would work too if they decide to keep him next year and Beltran can’t play the field.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Isn’t that, Tex’s time-off needs, at about 50 percent?

      • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        chip56, Headley can NOT play RF. He played only LF because they had another 3B (Kevin Kouzmanoff), and Headley was terrible in every LF he played, not just at Petco. His UZR is -15 in LF, and +35 at third.

  13. csbanter - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Maybe he rejuvenates his career with the Yankees like Scott Broisus did years ago. Does this mean the end of Alex Rodriguez Yankee career ? Beltran is clearly destined for DH-ville for the rest of his Yankee days.

    • pete2112 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      If he turned into a Scott Broisus I would be thilled beyond belief! As for Alex, I just can’t see the Yankees having him back at this point. Yes, they’ll need to eat a lot of cash, but they’re going to be doing this for a number of players in the coming years.

      • bigharold - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        “Alex, I just can’t see the Yankees having him back at this point.”

        Even the Yankees aren’t going to eat $60 million bucks. Oh, and if A-Rod came back last week and was as good as he was last year, he’d still be the Yankees best 3B offensively and would do a lot for a line up that hasn’t hit much at all this season.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Headly is a FA after this season, so there won’t be any conflict with ARod next year unless they resign Headley. If they do, ARod just slides back over to SS.

      **I kid, I kid**

      • bfunk1978 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        As a shortstop, if Arod can still get to the ball (which is a big if, I know) then even reduced production would be premium offense at SS

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        After 2 hip surgeries and close to 2 years away from the game at age 40, I think there are legit questions about whether ARod can play at all, let alone move back to Short. I don’t know too many things about ARod or the 2015 Yankees, but I know ARod will not be the SS.

      • bfunk1978 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Yeah you’re probably right. I hedged my comment with a big “if”. I don’t think so personally but maybe after a year off he’s feeling better.

    • jerseydevi1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Yeah, the dirty little secret that nobody seems to have picked up on is that they will move Alex back to short with Jeter retiring. Headley is a good pickup, especially if he rejuvenates and signs for a few more years.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        the dirty little secret that nobody seems to have picked up on is that they will move Alex back to short with Jeter retiring.

        There’s a better chance of naked Kate Upton knocking down my front door than Arod moving back to SS next year.

      • tcostant - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        It is not so crazy, A-Rod should be able to play SS at least as well as Jeter, who has been one of the worse SS ever to play over 500 games.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        COPO … >> knock, knock <<<

        COPO opens door ….

        It's a naked Upton ….

        B.J. Upton! 😛

      • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        @[citation needed] fka COPO: Keep a camera by the front door. You know the refrain, “pics or it didn’t happen”.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      A-Rod is under contract with the Yanks for at least two more years. Headley is a free agent after this season.

      • pete2112 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Not happening… What makes you think ARod is just going to walk back in to SS or any other position and be the ARod of 2005? He was horrible the last time he played any significant amount of time at the end of the 2013 season and I’m not sure why anyone would want to see an ARod two years older without the aid of any PED’s playing anywhere. Other than the amount of money owed to him, which the Yankees will eat, it’s over.
        The Yankees can only blame themselves for this disaster.

    • chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      My guess is that if the Yankees like what they see out of Headley enough to re-sign him this winter that it’s possible he returns to RF if Beltran’s elbow prevents him from playing out there.

  14. jerseydevi1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Damn Sabathia, beat me by seconds….

  15. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I like it. They are basically getting Headley for free. He has shown that he is capable of succeeding in the bigs, so maybe a new team, new environment, new ballpark dimensions will all help the guy out. He has probably never seen outfield walls as close as those in the AL East.

  16. chargrz - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Hated to Headley go as he is a Gold Glove 3rd baseman that can hit even if he has been in a slump do to injury. He was just starting to hit the ball like he can. the Padres are a joke and ownership hasn’t a clue of how to run a team. I hope he does well even if it is for the Yankees.

    • icanspeel - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Headley was gone regardless at the end of the year, the Padres just expedited the process while saving 3M and getting 2 players in return.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Headley had one good season after years of injuries and frustrations. The Padres should have traded him when they could have gotten more value.

      That said, the Padres have made more moves in the last week or so, without a GM, than any time since the great fire sale of 1993. Not for nothing, I like that they’re cleaning house of some dead weight. Once they get an GM in house, maybe they’ll actually build a team that can play in Petco.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        They already have one. The pitching anyway. The hitters have hit so far below their norms, it’ll be interesting to see if regression to the mean can be reversed to progression to the mean.

  17. chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    The fact that Headley can play RF shouldn’t be discounted.

    If he shows the Yankees enough this season to re-sign then they can either play Headley at 3b with Alex at DH or Headley in RF with Beltran at DH.

    • zzalapski - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      B-Ref has him as a “7” in 2008 and 2009, which is left field.

      • chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        I believe that if you can play LF in San Diego you can play RF in Yankee Stadium

    • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Chip, give it up. Headley is no outfielder. He’s terrible, too terrible to put out there under even emergency circumstances. Gold glove at third, average at first (limited experience). Take your pick.

  18. millmannj - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Bill Madden of the NY Daily News is currently penning his, “See, told you A-Rod will never play for the Yankees again! They just got his replacement at 3B” column. Forgetting the fact that Rodriguez could move back to SS in 2015.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      I’m not a scout or a manager or anything like that but the thought of Arod moving back to SS seems like the most unlikely thing of all time

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        this must be an inside joke that I don’t get. i feel dumb

      • themightymick1961 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Id like to see A-Rod just retire. Let’s start getting some players who take a little pride in the pinstripes,and play that way. Hmm……maybe a little pride in the front office would help.

    • Dan - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Tex back to 3B. McCann at 1B. A-Rod behind the plate.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Forgetting that Headley’s a FA after this year.

  19. bigmeechy74 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Way to go padres. You could’ve cashed in huge at the beginning of last season but you held on for… yolvangis solarte. Brilliant. And here comes the most obvious prediction of all time… Headley will be AWESOME for the Yankees. Just like Brandon McCarthy. That’s the way it goes. Guys are awful, teams dump them to new york, then they dominate for no reason. The Yankees let everyone get old, sign a bunch of guys past their prime, NEVER develop any decent players from the farm system, but then just pull guys like mccarthy and headley out of thin air to kick ass for them. Wow. I wonder who they will face in the WS. Probably the Nationals or Cardinals. And the Yankees get home field advantage thanks to that stupid All-star game rule. So annoying!

    • pete2112 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Please tell me you’re joking or that you were possibly sent back in time to the year 1999.

    • amarcellus7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      you mad bro? the 98 world series was a LONG time ago

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        The ’98 WS team had 1 pitcher and 2 field players developed by the Yankees. The rest of the starters were FA/trades.

      • mikhelb - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:24 PM


        Jeter, Bernie, Posada, Ledee and Spencer were developed by the Yankees, in the pitching staff they only had Pettite, Mariano and Ramiro, but over the whole season, there were more players developed by the Yankees (Figga, Lowell, etc).

  20. lilgurgi - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Misread this as Chase Utley when I was skimming through article titles…Whhoooops.

  21. psly2124 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Hitting .229 and he becomes the best Yankee hitter

  22. jolink653 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Padres should have cashed in on Headley when he had that big year and teams were lining up to trade for him.

    That being said, the Yankees traded a spring training minor league signing and a pitcher at A-ball to bring in a Gold Glove caliber player at third, and someone who has shown he can definitely hit major league pitching. What risk is there for them in this? He sucks and they let him go at the end of the season. He does well and maybe they sign him to a reasonable extension. Either way, they’re a better team after making this trade

    • gloccamorra - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      The Padres tried to re-sign him after his 2 months of excellence in 2012. The rap on Padres ownership was that they traded or let go their home grown talent when they got good, and the owners (the new O’Malley majority owners) didn’t want to make that impression right after taking over in August of 2012. Their desire to let the fans know they were different owners, and Headley’s terrible, injury plagued performance in 2013 and this year, cost them any value they could have gotten.

  23. penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    I actually like this deal for the Yankees, Chase Headley has played his entire career in a pitcher friendly Petco Park. I think his numbers will drastically improve once he gets to the bandbox that is Yankees stadium, also he will be surrounded by better hitters, so he should get better pitches to hit.

    • mikhelb - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      For right handed hitters it is not a bandbox he’ll have trouble when all his flys die in center field when batting right handed. And by better hitters you mean the bunch of 0.230’s AVG sub 0.330 OBP batters who can not hit homeruns?

  24. nbjays - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Now the Yankees need to sign Chase Utley and they will have cornered the MLB market on players named Chase Whatever-ley.

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