One name who’s coming up in trade rumors again that could be a target for the New York Yankees is San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. The Padres may not be able to work out a long term deal with the third baseman and could look to flip him for assets. Would the Yankees have enough in the system to pull of a deal for him?
One question is how do you value him? Two years ago, he was the best third baseman in the National League. Headley led the league with 115 RBI, had 31 homers and had a .286/.376/.498 slash line. Last year was quite different. After missing time due to a thumb injury, Headley only had a .250/.347/.400 line with 13 homers and just 50 RBI.
NY Post’s Joel Sherman reports that neither side thinks they could pull of a deal for the third baseman who will be a free agent after the season.
The Yankees are deep at the catching position, however, the Padres have Yasmani Grandal at the position. They could use Eduardo Nunez as a part of the package, but that certainly wouldn’t be enough. They would probably have to include any of Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin in the deal as well, something I’m not too sure they would want to do at this point.
While Headley would help solve issues the Yankees have at third base, and they clearly are looking at the position since they tried to pull of a trade for David Freese earlier in the off-season, I don’t believe the Yankees could pull a deal off. If they were going to do this, they’d probably have to add a third team to the deal which is unlikely. Things could change at the winter meetings, but I don’t think it will be the case.