Could there be a new third baseman on his way to the Bronx at the deadline? Both Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal are reporting that the Yankees have been regularly scouting Padres third bagger Chase Headley.
This trade rumor makes sense on multiple levels. The Padres as we know are in sell-off mode and Headley is one of their better commodities. The Yankees are always in buy-now mode, no matter where they are in the standings, and it would help them immensely to add a decent comparatively young player (30 is young by the Yankees’ standards) like Headley to their creaky old roster.
Not that Headley is exactly tearing it up in San Diego this year. Okay, let’s be honest: he’s been terrible. That .201/.289/.322 slash line is pretty much brutal. But, he’s hit for power in the past and he’s considered a decent defensive player. And what else are the Yankees going to throw out there at third for the rest of the season, Kelly Johnson?
It actually helps the Yankees to have Headley struggling a little, cause it means they can get him for a lower price. The hope would be that escaping hitter-killing Petco Park and getting into the AL would help revitalize Headley for the rest of the season.
A little bit of a gamble maybe but not a huge gamble. This might be a worthwhile deal for the Yankees to pursue as they try to infuse a little life into that lineup of theirs.