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.
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