Could the Yankees trade for Chase Headley?

Chase Headley

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.

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25 Responses to Could the Yankees trade for Chase Headley?

  1. Joe says:

    I have recommended that the Yankees trade for Headley for months. They could have offered Hughes, chamberlain, Gardner, Stewart, Nunez , and some minor league prospects, They could have put a group of players to entice San Diego, however as usual they sat on their collective asses!!

    • Tanned Tom says:

      First of all, recommended to whom? You have a pipeline into Cashman's office?
      Second, that's not a trade, that would have been a toilet flush. Hughes, Chamberlain, Nunez, and Stewart won't even be with the team in 2014. It's typical of a certain type of fan to overrate Yankee prospects. Why would any team want to part with a decent player for a melange of losers plus Gardner? If this is what you call "advice", then don't expect people to follow it, because all it will get you is a good laugh all around.
      Third, Headley has had exactly one good year. The rest of the time he has sucked. There is no way I'd part with prospects plus Gardner for a guy who is a .260, 12 HR hitter.

      • Jack says:

        You should look up his overall stats. Think he has been a 3 Time all star . By the way I was talking comments that I posted on line a while ago genius

  2. Jack says:

    Hey why don't you look up his overall stats since he has been in the league and I was referring to comments that I posted on line genius When you trade with another team you open a dialect with them and see where it goes. I hope they talk about getting . By the way are you aYankee fan??

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Sure I'm a Yankee fan. But we can't expect teams to do us favors and take all our rejects for Headley. And being an All Star is not a stat, it's an award. He's hit 80 HRs over 6 seasons with a .269 BA. He's an okay player, but not someone you give up Gardner and prospects for, then to pay him $15 mil a year.

  3. Jack says:

    He hit 80 he's in a pitcher friendly park, is signed for next yr , good defensive 3rd basemen , all star , under 30 yrs of age, is a lefty swinger who will hit more he's with short porch in Yankee stadium. Also I think can play ss, 2b but Yanks should not try to get him. The Yanks should definitely start talks with S.D. Now!!! Are you kidding me

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I'm gonna be honest here. If the Yankees try to come up with a package headlining Ivan Nova or Brett Gardner with prospects that haven't done much for us, the Padres are going to laugh–and then hang up the phone. The sad truth is they have something we want, but we have nothing they want.

      • mikefoxtrot says:

        Nova has more value to the Yankees than does Headley.

        Nova not only had a better year than Headley, he's 3 years younger, gets paid $8,000,000 less and isn't a year away from free agency.

        what are you thinking?

        • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

          I agree with you. Besides, we don't know what we're going to get with Headley. Are we going to get the Headley that had a career season or are we going to get the Headley that's so-so? We also have to take in consideration how will he do in the American League. The pitchers are tougher in the AL than in the National League and Yankee Stadium is a different ball park. Also, how will he handle the NY media who are more intense than San Diego media?

          • mikefoxtrot says:

            If you agree then why assert that the Pod would laugh and hang up on an offer of Nova and change for Headley?

            They don't need pitching and prospects? They don't need to move a guy making $9M and entering his walk year?

            I don't know much about the Padres other than they're perpetually lousy and I have the idea that they never are in the playoffs and haven't been since they met the Yankees in the World Series and were embarrassingly bad.

            What would they have to laugh about?

            However, if we're laughing tell me what the Rockies do when Cashman calls and asks for Tulowitzki

          • Guest says:

            You DON'T know much about the Padres.

  4. Jack says:

    Every time I read these emails Gardner is mentioned as if he was the 2nd coming. How about Banuelos Nova Nunez and a couple of those prized outfielders the Yanks are always talking about. It never hurts too open up conversations with a team looking to trade someone you may be interested in to see where it goes!!

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Think about it. Would you headline a trade with Eduardo Nunez (a backup infielder) or Brett Gardner (a starting GG caliber OF). To any team, Gardner's more enticing than Nunez. Nunez could be involved in a package deal but you can't expect to get anything decent from a trade if you use just Nunez.

      • hotdog says:

        Nunez is a .260 hitter and defensively challenged…if anyone is using him as a shortstop or 3rd baseman on a regular basis, they're not contenders…he's a utility infielder at best…fielding has shown some improvement but anytime a ball is hit his way, I cringe…sort of like Chuck Knobloch in the late 90's…we should have traded Nunez years ago as part of the deal for Cliff Lee…dont want Chase Headley if he's going to be a free agent soon…I'd hold onto Banuelos and not package him unless someone really wants him…his value is low…we got to see what this guy does in 2014…i like what Betances did at AAA in the 2nd half…if he can maintain good pitch control, he's a reliever, even set up guy in the majors someday…long shot but you might even see him as a closer if he shows more improvement in reducing his base on ball ratios…

  5. mikefoxtrot says:

    Headley would be damn far from perfect. If the Yankees are gonna trade for somebody able to play third, Tulowitzki is in every way superior.

    heck, the Yankees would do better to sign Jhonny Peralta than to give up prospects for Headley.

  6. Donnie says:

    We have nothing other than Nova or a Gardner to off. I am confused as to why we need him this year. would make more sense to sign him as a free agent next year. Sorry but A-rod will be back this year. he might receive a 50 game suspension. Personally we need a shortstop going forwards. A-rod is still in the top 15 third-basemen in baseball. Might even crack top 10 when you consider his defense. I believe that a comvination of Nunez, Adams, Musteleir or even Jeter can get job done till A-rod returns.

    We have at best a 40 year old short stop who is or has become a liability on defense. Truth is there has been no prove that he can even return to that position, because of his leg and ankle problems. This needs to be addressed. We have no prospect that are within 2 yrs of helping out here. do you want Nunez at short? I think it is time to move Nunez, David Phelps, and or Brett Gardner. Brett may have finally arrived but he is injury prone. Going to be 31 next year and only controllable for next two years. He has been on DL every year.
    We need a future shortstop and nothing in th 2015 free agent market is promising nor in our farmsystem till maybe 2015 or 2016. Time to look long and hard at other teams rosters and up their up and coming short stops that seem to be nearing or ready for the big leagues.

  7. Joe says:

    .250 with 13 HR and a very pedestrian OPS? Not bad but I wouldn't trade any top prospects for that type of production.

  8. hotdog says:

    I'd like to see Gary Sanchez at AAA next year…he starts of at AA, hopefully plays well enough, gets promoted and maybe he sees a few games in the majors…does the organization still see Sanchez as their catcher in a year or two…

  9. hotdog says:

    I'd keep Gardner…still is a table setter with a great glove and one of the few Yankees who can steal a base and drop a bunt…again, if someone wants him bad enough or if the deal is too important to turn down, consider a trade but I would not offer him up too easily…i might even sign him to an extension if he maintains or shows improvement in 2014…

  10. hotdog says:

    I would also say that Gardner is just as good as Mickey Rivers was for the Yankees…Rivers had a better average but obp was comparable as were stolen bases…if you trade Gardner, you better be getting something really good in return…it would have been hard to replace Mickey Rivers but then again, Willie Randolph batting 2nd was a constant and could draw walks leading up to the big hitters…both good acquisitions and they didn't cost an arm and a leg…add guys like Graig Nettles, Reggie Jackson and Chris Chambliss and you have a well rounded team…the Hafners, Overbays, Youkilis, Vernon Wells etc., just won't do it…got to pay the piper and upgrade…

  11. olie says:

    Would agree with everything you said except Gardner being as good as Mickey Rivers. Rivers didn't get sat against tough lefty's and there is a difference between trying to drop a bunt and actually doing it! But your right he is a good outfielder.

    • hotdog says:

      I'm shaded towards Mickey Rivers in part because I remember that team…Mick was a professional leadoff hitter while Gardner has not fully taken to that position in the lineup being that Jeter's been there ever since Damon left…Gardner is better vs. righties but not by a lot…and his obp is comparable…if I'm looking at a leadoff hitter being someone who can get on base and swipe a bag, I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite…Rivers could bunt though and had decent range…I might say that Rivers was a better fit for the Yankees than Gardner is today but again, Mick played with some great Yankee teams…Rivers would not fit as well with todays Yankee team imo…he thrived on the buzz…

  12. olie says:

    I remember watching those Yankee teams as well. Those were the days!

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