According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have inquired about Chase Headley.
Headley, 29, had a breakout year last season. He hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs, earning himself top 5 consideration for the MVP award. However, so far in 2013, he has not replicated that success, hitting just .229/.330/.359 with 7 homers and 31 RBIs.
While Headley has been a solid contributor throughout his career, his 2012 season sticks out like a sore thumb. Before he hit 31 home runs in 2012, he had never hit more than 12 in any season. For RBIs, before he had 115 in 2012, he had never passed the 64 mark. His previous high in slugging percentage was .420 compared to 2012′s .498. This makes you wonder if his 2012 season was for real or not.
The Yankees were certainly willing to roll the dice on the 29 year old third baseman, however. With Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis on the shelf, the Yankees’ situation at third this season has not been pretty. Rodriguez is set to return soon, so if they were to acquire Headley, one of them (probably Rodriguez) would have to be shifted to DH.
However, the Padres seem to want to hold on to Headley, despite his value being at a peak. After a short conversation, according to Heyman, they were informed that Headley could not be had. He is not untouchable, but very close to it. It would take a huge deal to acquire him, in any event.