Padres Getting Calls On Chase Headley, Will Listen

The Padres are getting calls on third baseman Chase Headley, reports Jon Heyman of San Diego will listen to offers but it will require "a lot" to part with him.

The 28-year-old Headley has hit .269/.373/.415 with seven homers and eight steals this season. The switch-hitter quietly owns a career .300/.366/.444 batting line away from Petco Park and his defense at the hot corner is well-regarded. FanGraphs says he's been the 13th most valuable position player in baseball this season at 3.0 wins above replacement, or WAR.

Headley will earn $3.475MM this season, his second as an arbitration-eligible player. Since he's a Super Two, he still has two more years of team control remaining before becoming eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

108 Responses to Padres Getting Calls On Chase Headley, Will Listen Leave a Reply

  1. dodgerskingsfan 3 years ago

    dodgers should get headley

    • Tomás Ruiz Chavez 3 years ago

       That’d be awesome, but pretty sure San Diego would want a king’s ransom to trade him to a division rival.

  2. Manny Being Manny 3 years ago

    I know Orioles aren’t willing to trade Machado, but Headley would be a perfect addition to that team…

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      Is too late to trade him for Youkilis?

    • I think Headley for the Orioles Chris Tillman and another prospect would be good.

    • not only will they probably not trade machado, he is way too much for Headley.  Im a big Headley fan but, come on.  

    • Rabbitov 3 years ago

      Orioles may have the prospects to get Headley, even without Machado and Bundy.  Schoop, Esposito, Arrieta, Matusz, Tillman, are all attractive names to different degrees.  

      • ugen64 3 years ago

        I think Avery can go on that list too.

      • walnutfalcons 3 years ago

        as a Padre fan, I would like to see Matusz or Arrieta come back.  Think they would really shine here.

        • Matt_P102 3 years ago

          One of those two would be the cornerpiece to a deal.

          If I’m the Os I’d trade Matusz. Matusz is a flyball pitcher and would be perfect for your stadium. Arrieta… not so much. Of course, he isn’t enough by himself but he’s a good start.

  3. bucco_nation 3 years ago

    Chase is Buccaneer bound…

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      Meh.  The Pirates need a corner outfielder more than a corner infielder right now.  If they can get him without having to give up too much, fine.  Otherwise, no thanks.

      Headley has a .739 OPS in June.  Jones has a .856 OPS in June.  McGehee has a .874 OPS in June.  Pedro has a .929 OPS in June.  Not worth giving away a good prospect for that.

      • Victor Perez 3 years ago

        because the first 24 days of June 2012 are the end all be all…

        • Todd Smith 3 years ago

          Never said they were.  Just saying the Pirates already have players at Headley’s position that are playing better right now.  No real need to throw away top prospects for a player you don’t really need.  Not that difficult of a concept, really.

  4. AaronAngst 3 years ago

    I’d be super-pissed if my team gave up “a lot” to get Chase Headley. Especially if his agent uses WAR to argue his salary demands in arbitration  over the next two years.

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      We’d rather talk about things like RBI’s, runs scored, and grit!  That’s what makes a good player!

      • 12in12 3 years ago

         Grit? I thought that stat retired along with Aaron Miles…

      • Padres4lif3 3 years ago

        Chase cant get any RBIS if he doesnt have anybody on base to hit in!

      • AaronAngst 3 years ago

        Twist words much? I never said WAR doesn’t have its place, but if you’re going to tell me that Headley is even a top 25 position player, I’ll be happy to laugh in your face!

    • walnutfalcons 3 years ago

       Just check out his career numbers away from Petco.  Or are home/road splits too fancy?

      • AaronAngst 3 years ago

        All I’m saying is I’m not going to give up “a lot” and get the privilege of paying Chase through what will likely be expensive arbitration prices for the next two years. “A lot” is too much for that. IF he were pre-arb, you would definitely get more.

        • withpower 3 years ago

          I don’t know, you’re probably right about that.. but he’s an interesting player, that’s for sure.

          Yeah, he’s never hit for a terrific average, but he’s never hit for a bad average either [.262 lowest he’s posted in any meaningful sample size].  He’s a patient hitter who has seen his walk rate spike the last two years in his age 27 and 28 seasons, so it seems pretty clear he’s getting better right now.

          His doubles numbers are right around 30 pretty consistently [even in 2011 when he hit a career best .289 and only played 113 games] and his strikeout numbers aren’t crazy.  He doesn’t have a very pronounced platoon split, either, so he’s a true switch hitter.  His biggest issue seems to be a low slugging percentage — and judging by the away splits [.300/.366/.444] and his aforementioned doubles totals, it can safely be pinned on the home run totals, which one would think would improve outside of Petco.

          The two years he played a full season the guy still managed to crack double digit homers, and his hit totals are very respectable.  He’s a good defender over at 3B, too.

  5. CandyMaldonadoLand 3 years ago

    It’s good that they’ll listen and not just hang up, all rude about it. 

  6. Padres4lif3 3 years ago

    It’s obvious that Headley will be traded by the deadline if not sooner. Why else would they move Gyorko back to 3rd base?Anybody willing to give up alot for Headley should remember that the Padres are looking for ML ready pitching with all the injuries this year.Pirates would be a great fit if they are willing to give up Karstens, Leroux and a top prospect or two.Not necisarily the “UNtouchables”.

  7. walnutfalcons 3 years ago

    With Gyorko near ready to take over, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Headley go.

  8. HolaAmigas 3 years ago

    Something tells me the Angels will be big players for this guy. They could trade some prospects + Callaspo for him. Maybe. 

    • BK 3 years ago

      Izturis Hellweg and Conger.  Make it rain DiPoto

    • Padres4lif3 3 years ago

      We wouldnt want Callaspo. I would be really suprised if there was a 3baseman included in the deal knowing that Gyorko is knocking on the door ready to be called up. Byrnes wouldnt even be thinking about trading Headley if he didnt have a replacement for him ready. Remember, he might want to impress the new owner to keep his job. The Padres are most likely looking for ML ready pitching prospects in that deal.

      • BK 3 years ago

        Richards and Arm for Headley

        • Padres4lif3 3 years ago

          Richards,Hellweg,Pena for Headley Might make Byrnes pull the trigger.

          • BK 3 years ago

            A bit steep.  I dont think we would give 3 top arms.

  9. Well if I remeber correctly, Josh Byrnes has MLB TR as either his screen saver or as his home page on his computer.

    Anyway, I would be interested in Headley and after watching Volquez pitch a real solid game against the M’s ( he’s been solid in 5 of 7 of his last starts). However, I would not trade Tillman. I would trade Arrieta and some prospects to get them. However, I wonder if we can make a run to the playoffs with our current team and depth in the minors.

    • OrangeCards 3 years ago

       They’ve both shown flashes at the majors but have largely struggled. Jake has the better raw stuff, right? So why Chris, age?

      • BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

        Jake definitely has better stuff, Tillman’s fastball is low 90s at it’s best and seems kind of straight to me.  He does have that beautiful curveball though

  10. nictonjr 3 years ago

    Doesn’t Theo’s team need a 3B???   Who do the Cubs have SD could use?? 

    • NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

      Now, why would the Cubs give up young talent to haul in talent that will not be able to lead the anywhere???

    • OrangeCards 3 years ago

       Theo’s team is rebuilding — selling, not buying.

      • as a poster says below, hedley is “not too expensive, has years of control, plays great defense, and is very underrated with the bat” (especially since he plays at Petco, as his home/away splits are huge). This is exactly the kind of player Theo would try to get, if he had the pieces to give up. “Not be able to lead them anywhere” would apply if Hedley was a high-impact FA, but he’s not – he’s young and will still be a useful piece when the team is ready to compete in 2-3 years. Padres don’t want Garza, they just gave up a veteran pitcher to the Reds get a haul of prospects. Possibly LaHair +T.wood/Wells + Marmol might approach an acceptable package, but don’t jump on me – that’s just off the top of my head.

        • leachim2 3 years ago

          Dude. Padres don’t want Lahair, an aging former 4a player, one of your scrap heap pitchers, and an overpaid inconsistent reliever.

    • Matt Garza

  11. Sd_brain 3 years ago

    i hope the padres go for top talent and not quantity, i’d be all for trading headley for top prospects straight up if it nets us a top 15 guy or so.

  12. corey23 3 years ago

    They’ll give him away to the cubs shortly

  13. theguy17 3 years ago

    He’s the 13th most valuable position player in baseball?  Haha!  FanGraphs are a joke.

    •  Josh Hamilton has only been 0.4 WAR better than him this season. What a great and accurate stat.

    • Nick Sossamon 3 years ago

      Hamilton is actually at around a 3.1 WAR on BR, Headley is at a 2.2 WAR there.  Probably a more accurate representation.

      And WAR is cumulative through the season.  Hamilton has absolutely sucked at the plate lately, and is pretty much a replacement level player defensively.  He’s batting .194 with 1 HR and 27 K’s in June.  His BA has dropped from .380 to .319 in a little over a month. 

    • jb226 3 years ago

      Honestly, I tend to agree.  I think they overvalue defense, especially with as “meh” as the defensive metrics are overall.

  14. Victor Perez 3 years ago

    No everyone, the padres don’t want a bunch of fringey prospects. Headley is the best player on the Padres, not too expensive, has years of control, plays great defense, and is very underrated with the bat. In a neutral hitting environment and better lineup he would be a beast.

    The Padres also have the deepest Farm system in baseball, so their looking for High Upside Top prospects. If they don’t get that they should just keep him and put Gyorko at 2nd.

    • Arrieta, Schoop, and someone that isn’t named (Britton, Machado, or Tillman) for Headley and Volquez. That is my final offer!

      • Victor Perez 3 years ago

        Haha are you putting Bundy on the table?!

        You’d have to think Schoop would be involved though…

        • BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

           no Bundy ever!

          • Victor Perez 3 years ago

            Not even for Headley, Quentin, Volquez, and Street?

          • The offer above was not only my final offer, it was really the only offer the O’s could.

            As for Bundy, the Orioles really can’t trade him even if they wanted to, you have to hold onto him for a year as per draft rules. I think there’s a few loop holes or something, but the bottom line is we can’t trade Bundy.

            Plus the O’s could have gotten Street for Guthrie. We don’t need Street, he’s the Padres problem.  As for Quentin, no I don’t want him either.

            It’s either Volquez and Headley for what the O’s can offer or we can’t do it.

          • Victor Perez 3 years ago

            was joking about bundy, i know the o’s would never give him up. 

      • not_brooks 3 years ago

        Edinson Volquez in a hitter’s park in the American League?


  15. esasc4 3 years ago

    Braves will give up minor,spruill,and salcedo for chase and a minor league pitcher.

    • not_brooks 3 years ago

      The Padres will absolutely get a better offer than that.

  16. IMABIMAB 3 years ago

    Owens and Marte for Headley. 

    • Zico 3 years ago

       Makes no sense for the Buccos. If Marte is dealt, they need an OF that is better than what Marte would be in the OF.

      • The Padres already have a crowded outfield.  I don’t know much about Marte but if he’s an outfielder, probably won’t be a good match for the Pads.

        • IMABIMAB 3 years ago

          The Padres probably would not take it. You are correct. Marte’s D could play well at Petco. They are talking of moving McCutchen to LF for him. Its in the ballpark of something it would take.

    • Bucn24 3 years ago

      I wouldnt make that deal from the pirates side

  17. Jeff Snedden 3 years ago

    Third Base is not a position of need for the Pirates any longer.  Pedro Alvarez is arriving as a ML hitter more every day.  His defense is tremendous, too.  Headley has middling value as an outfielder and hasn’t played there since 2009.  Not a good match.  Quentin on the other hand, would be perfect.  A right-handed power bat to put behind Pedro in the lineup.  Realistically, I would trade any prospects not named Taillon, Cole, Heredia, or Marte.  Maybe Alex Presley, Jeff Locke, Rudy Owens, etc.

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      Agreed, Quentin would be much more useful for the Pirates.

    •  I’d imagine the Pirates would use Headley in RF almost exclusively.  Tabata/Presley platoon in LF until Marte is ready.  McGehee and Jones would platoon at 1B and Hague would be out of a major league job.

  18. Detroit could fit. Rotate Fielder and Cabrera at DH/1B, and move Martinez to LF. I mean, if Delmon Young and Carlos Lee can do it, so can Martinez.

  19. Dylan 3 years ago

    I could see Phillies in December if he doesn’t get traded before that, not right now.

  20. jdon7575 3 years ago

    dbacks could use some depth at 3rd. maybe saunders and zagurski for headley. 

  21. A lot of people dramatically undervaluing Chase Headley on here. 

    • coup 3 years ago

      It would be comical if they weren’t serious. Instead it’s just sad.

      •  Not that I’m surprised. Just almost amusing at this point.

        • coup 3 years ago

          If they’re serious they aren’t much of a baseball fan. Fan as in following the game and knowing who’s good and who isn’t.

  22. bobrewer 3 years ago

    Braves prospect Michael Schlact (@michael_schlact:disqus) put it best:

    @mlbtraderumors who is Will Listen? Haven’t heard of him.

  23. Greatone1210 3 years ago

    Pirates will be in the mix and stand a good shot of getting him with the right package. If they are smart they will try to get Quentin as well. There are plenty of pieces that can be moved. 

  24. johnnycomelately9 3 years ago

    A deal built around Skaggs could prob get it done.  Skaggs and Para?

    • mike melusky 3 years ago

      WAY too much to give up on AZ’s behalf.

    • Victor Perez 3 years ago

      Skaggs for Headley straight up is probably a solid deal. SD would need a strong offer to trade to a division rival. Arizona has a glut of young pitching depth. Comparable deal to the Giants mets deal last year where The Mets got Wheeler for half a year of Beltran.

      • johnnycomelately9 3 years ago

        Skaggs straight up prob isn’t enough; and the Wheeler-Beltran deal isn’t as comparable as you think.  For one thing, Headley has 2 arb years left for his future teams control, also if the team was to let him walk in 2 seasons they will most likely recieve 2 draft picks.  Beltran was in the last year of a mega deal and as part of his contract any team that aquired him couldn’t offer him arbs or recieve picks, therefore his market value was depressed because he was strictly a rental and even still he returned a systems top 3 prospect.

  25. Headley to Angels for Mike Trout 😉    one can dream.

  26. Hopefully the Padres don’t want either of those two.

  27. A-Rod still plays an above average third base

  28. withpower 3 years ago

     I agree with this line of thinking.  Yankees have always done well with switch hitters in the line up and Headley has a very patient approach at the plate that would fit in well.

    He has played some OF before, and while I don’t think it was his cup of tea, he could handle it if we needed him to, I’m sure.  That said, I like him at 3B and can’t see any other direction for his numbers to go but up if he starts playing his home games in YS3.

  29. Padres4lif3 3 years ago

    If you think the Padres would do that kind of trade your crazy.BTW Headley is a third baseman.Remember the team your trading with has to be HAPPY too.

  30. ugen64 3 years ago

    that trade makes absolutely no sense. why would the Padres trade away a good player with 2.5 years of club control for a (good) player with 1.5 years of club control? the whole point for the Padres is to get a player that will be able to contribute in the long-term future, when the Padres are actually in contention. that means a younger, cheaper (currently) player who will be under club control for a long time.

  31. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

     You can have Kevin Gregg.  Just give the O’s a dollar.

  32. Nolan is out for the year if not his whole career if the surgery doesnt give him full strength. Maybe replace Nolan for Mike Wright, Jason Berken, or Chris Tillman.   

  33. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

     I’m not so sure anyone will want to touch Reimold right now considering his current health issues

  34. So does Chavez, who i would much rather have than Headley. Takes too many fastballs, when he should crushing them. He’s an average 3B on a bad team now.

  35. ugen64 3 years ago

    I think it’d have to be Tillman. His biggest weakness – flyball tendencies – would be mitigated by PETCO Park. in the minors he’s maintained good control and decent strikeout rates, and in the majors he’s shown flashes of good performance as a starter (unlike Berken, and especially unlike Wright who is still quite far away from the majors). I think it’ll take Tillman + another legit prospect, like redbirdsteve says – definitely not Machado / Bundy, and probably not Schoop, but still someone with high potential.

  36. Thats just a lazy and naive statement to make. You are justifying a permanent move to DH for A-Rod because hes being “paid to hit” despite being better in the field than most others in the league. Ok

  37. The Padres already grabbed loose change from the Angels in the Amarista deal. Keep in mind, when the O’Malley’s take over they have their own guys coming in to re-structure the system. Sure the Padres have this so-called “best farm system in baseball”, but its how you develop those prospects. There will be a philosophy change, and they won’t need scrap heap guys like they have been forced to play with for the past couple years. Build around Quentin, stock pile more arms, and let these talents prospects ease in, instead of relying on them. I don’t see projects like Venable, Maybin and Hundley being here in 2013. Projects don’t win games, Prospects and proven major leaguers do. Right now those three i mentioned are not prospects, aside of Maybin they are bad Kevin Towers draft picks that they hoped had ceilings. Grandal and Hedges are catching prospects, and will be up here soon. Not sold on Yonder Alonso at 1B too. I can foresee a budget near $80-$90 million with the new owners, which will give Josh Byrnes or whomever the new GM is, room to work. In regards to Headley, he has been a sleepy steady ball player, but he needs to go somewhere where he is not the main piece, but a part of the cog, in which case he may excel more. Baltimore would be a great spot. Anaheim would be a great spot too. But they won’t part with the type of talent the Padres need. If they do move Headley, Gyorko is a baller and may be ready soon.

  38. withpower 3 years ago

     You didn’t just write that you’d rather have Eric Chavez than Chase Headley, did you?

    I am imagining this.

  39. Ohhhplease 3 years ago

    You really did not say you wanted Eric Chavez over Chase Headly???  Did you?  If he is “average”, what the f is Eric Chavez?? 

  40. Michael Chavez 3 years ago

    I’d offer Sands, Withrow, de Jesus, Guerra and maybe Bills. They have to add Carlos Quenten

  41. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

     Tillman just makes too much sense, I think he would really excel in San Diego.  Maybe Xavier Avery too?

  42. Victor Perez 3 years ago

    Hedges is many years away, and Grandal should be up now. Within the next two years you should see guys like Spangenberg and Liriano come up and help the offense.

  43.  The Angels have a few prospects that the Padres would be interested in, Segura and Calhoun just name 2.  I’d hate to lose either of those for Headley though.

  44. Padres4lif3 3 years ago

    I wasn’t going by what i thought was realistic I was going by what Byrnes would want for Headley.Byrnes wants ”ALOT”.Think the Latos Deal.I think the pirates would be a better fit anyways.

  45. johnnycomelately9 3 years ago

    Ever heard of Gyorko?  He led the AFL in hitting and is hitting this year in AAA

  46. johnnycomelately9 3 years ago

    Tillman probably can’t beat out Wieland, Kelly, or Erlin.  The pads also have top flight SP like Roach, Portillo, Ross, Sampson, further away so if they get back pitching I think it has to be for an elite arm.  Machado for sure would swing the deal for Bal but I doubt they’d be willing to pay the price?

  47. Tommy Ngo 3 years ago

    Doesn’t mean he’s ready for the bigs. I don’t want to rush him here like our other players and have him lose his confidence. Ever heard of Sean Burroughs?

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