With the 2014 season underway, third baseman Chase Headley knows that this might be his last hurrah with the San Diego Padres.
A free agent at season’s end, he and the team have had minimal conversations about a contract extension, though those talks went dead pretty early on. With no talks to speak of on the horizon, this might be Headley’s last year in San Diego, something he acknowledged this week.
So will this be Headley’s last season with San Diego, the only organization that he has ever played for?
‘It could be,’ Headley said. ‘I think toward the end of the season, that’s when it will really start to sink in. [The season is] such a grind, it overtakes you. So I really haven’t sat back and reflected if this is my last season here or not.’”
Headley has been with the Padres for all seven years of his big league career. A career .269/.350/.414 hitter, Headley’s best season came in 2012 when he turned in a top-5 MVP season. His career production in other seasons has been well below that year, particularly in the power department, so the Padres or any other interested team will have to decide how much that one season jacks up Headley’s price tag, in addition to whatever his output is in 2014.