According to one of Andrew Marchand’s unnamed sources, the Padres are listening on packages for their third baseman Chase Headley. After an injury riddled season filled with regression, Headley finished 2013 with just a .250/.347/.400 slash and a 113 wRC+. 2012 was Headley’s breakout season, where he hit 31 home runs, batted .286/.376/.498 and stole 17 bases while playing in one of the league’s most pitcher friendly ballparks.
Headley has been a favorite target by many Yankee fans for quite some time. The switch hitter has struggled in Petco Park, and owns a career .293/.366/.453 slash on the road. Moving him to Yankee Stadium and the other AL East ballparks would certainly help his numbers. He also offers versatility on the field, where he’s capable of playing a well above average third base, and could probably fake it in right field.
The Padres are looking for a “very compelling offer”, and that’s something the Yankees would be reluctant to give up. Headley has just 1 year left on his contract, he’s dealt with some rather persistent injuries and recent regression. The Yankees will look to compete in 2014, but Headley is certainly not that piece that will push them to be AL East favorites. With an emphasis on rebuilding their organizational depth, I doubt the Yankees would be willing to give up any sort of real prospects for such limited team control.