Chase Headley has been hitting .229 in 2014–but he’s been on a hot streak in July before getting dealt to the Yankees, hitting .339 from July 4th to July 21st.
Replacing Alex Rodriguez has been a difficult task; Headley hasn’t lived up to his 2012 season. In fact, in order to not put pressure on Headley, Brian Cashman called Headley’s bat ‘average’.
“We feel like we’re at least getting an average everyday major leaguer at that position and maybe more,” Cashman said. “We’ll see. You want to support your pitching staff, especially pitchers like Brandon McCarthy, with real quality defense. Your infield has to be strong the day that a guy like that pitches. You don’t worry about it as much when you have a fly ball guy out there, but a fly ball guy is not conducive to Yankee Stadium, either. I think he’s an average third baseman. I think there’s some confusion on the metrics about what he really is. Our scouts have him as an average third baseman.”
Although Cashman labeled Headley as an ‘average’ third basemen, ‘average is actually an upgrade.
For the first two months of the season, the Yankees thought they found their answer with Kelly Johnson as the every day third basemen and Yangervis Solarte as the back up. Johnson’s offense had been a disappointment and his fielding has been inconsistent. Yangervis Solarte had a great first two months of the season, but after struggling in June, he was sent to Triple-A and later couldn’t find playing time, resulting in a trade.
Yankees fans had wanted Chase Headley for a while and although he’s just a rental for the next two months, he’s better than what the Yankees had coming out of Spring Training. The Yankees will just have to wait to see if this trade pays off.