Now when you have a guy who is considered a franchise player, you need to do everything in your power to sign that individual as soon as possible.
This season Headley was coming off a strong 2012 season where he hit 31 home runs, drove in 115 RBI’s with a batting line of .286/.376/.498. Headley had the opportunity to cash in on some big money but nothing was worked out.
During the 2013 season, Headley pretty much struggled. After a season where he hit 31 home runs, he managed to hit just 13 with 50 RBI’s and hit .250/.347/.400 across the line.
What this will more than likely do is bump down what Headley could have expected to sign off for if a contract extension was done last season. In a career where he only averages 11 home runs a season, he could have made a whole lot of money after that career year.
There was a small rumor that the New York Yankees were interested in trading for him, but nothing has come out of that just yet.
Both sides will more than likely sit down during the Winter meetings to work out some sort of long-term contract. If not, he’ll more than likely be traded.
Sources: There have not been any off-season talks about a long-term deal between the Padres and Chase Headley.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 14, 2013