Will they re-sign him or won’t they? That’s seemingly been the question haunting the San Diego Padres and Chase Headley for years now as the third baseman seemingly can’t escape potential trade rumors.
Those rumors looked to be squashed earlier this offseason when it was reported that the Padres’ brass had elected to commit to Headley and re-sign their infielder, but now according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe there is growing sentiment that the Padres will indeed attempt to trade Headley:
There’s growing sentiment that Headley will be traded this offseason. There’s been talk about an extension, but the Padres, who are now willing to increase payroll under CEO Mike Dee’s leadership, are thinking that they can improve a couple of different areas long-term by dealing their third baseman.
Headley had an MVP caliber season in 2012 though, outside of that, has been relatively average for his career. Sensing that impressive 2012 campaign may be more of an anomaly than reality, the Padres may finally bite the bullet and trade their 29-year-old infielder.