San Diego, CA - According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there is “growing sentiment” that the San Diego Padres will indeed trade third baseman Chase Headley this offseason. There has been quite a bit of trade interest surrounding him for the last two years, but the Padres have held onto him hoping that he would help them compete. Now, they appear to be willing to part with him for the right price.
Headley had a bit of a down season last year, hitting at just a .250 average, but still driving in 50 RBI’s and also knocking 13 HR’s out of the park. He is a great talent and if he is indeed place on the trading block, will get a lot of teams showing interest. At 29 years old, he still has quite a bit of good baseball left as well.
One team that has had interest in Headley in recent history is the New York Yankees. Don’t be surprised if they make a very good offer to acquire him, especially with all the question marks surrounding the third base position for them. It would be very interesting to see what he would do when playing with a large market competitor like the Yankees very well could be next season.
The Padres had previously stated that they would not move Headley, but would instead work to sign him to a long-term contract extension. Buster Olney reported last week that no contract talks have begun between the two side, so it appears that they have had a change of heart. While he would still command good trade value, his value is down coming off of the season he had last year. We are not sure what the price would be, but the Padres won’t trade him just to move him.
Over the next couple weeks we’ll find out more about what will happen with Headley in San Diego. The door is still open for the Padres and Headley to get to work on a contract extension, but that isn’t something that you should expect.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sport Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.