There’s a possibility that the Yankees might have to look outside of the organization for a third basemen if Alex Rodriguez is to serve a suspension in 2014 and many names have popped up as candidates for the role. However, Chase Headley‘s name differs from the other names that have popped up here and there: he’s not a free agent this offseason. He’s one of the most important pieces to the San Diego Padres team, but it doesn’t look as if the Padres are going to contend for the playoffs in the near future. Though the Padres have been hesitant to trade Headley in the past, he could be on the trading block this offseason for the right price. Now it’s time to put on our thinking caps and pretend we are the owners of the Yankees for a moment and ask ourselves this question: do the Yankees have the right pieces to trade for Chase Headley?
Headley would make approximately $9 Million next season and teams that usually trade away their best players want prospects that are ready for the Major League Level. Let’s face it–the Yankees don’t have those types of players.
Sure the Yankees could possibly headline a trade with Ivan Nova (who as of right now is their number two starter) but if they do so, then the Yankees will have to fill four rotation spots instead of three. Other homegrown talent such as Brett Gardner would be out of the question due to age; Gardner will be 31 in 2014 and the Padres would want young, controllable players.
Despite the lack of players to trade, Headley would be the perfect fit for the Yankees due to his versatility of playing third base and the outfield. A player that could play multiple positions on the field offers less fragility to a team in case an outfielder is on the disabled list due to injuries.
As nice as it would be to envision Chase Headley in Yankees pinstripes, the Yankees don’t have many (or any?) major league ready prospects to trade at this point. Unfortunately, we all seem to know what that means–it’s back to the drawing board for the organization.