The Yankees Offseason If I Was in Charge
Keep Chase Headley (at least until the deadline)
I know, I know. Almost everyone wants Chase Headley gone. The problem is, there really isn’t anyone to replace him with. There are currently seven third basemen scheduled to become free agents.
Of the bunch, Justin Turner is clearly the best player, but may not be the best option for the Yankees. It is no surprise that Girardi loves switch-hitters, and rightfully-so, as they do not force a platoon at their position.
When the two players are compared, both are above-average defenders, while Turner hits for more power and a slightly better average. Still, Headley and the $26 million he will be owed the next two years will be tough to move. That is, before the trade deadline. At the trade deadline, a team that is essentially one piece away from contending would love to have a switch-hitting third baseman who plays above-average defense.
As long as the Yankees can throw in some cash to sweeten the deal a little, they should get at least one middle-tier prospect in return. But then, who plays third base? Well, Tyler Austin has played third base in the minors before so he can always be an option.