Chase Headley Rumors: Monday

With a .267/.363/.423 line that looks even better on the road, 28-year-old Padres third baseman Chase Headley has drawn interest from many teams this month.  Throw in team control through 2014 and you've got a hot commodity, but it appears Headley may stay put for now.  The latest:

  • The Padres wanted Jake Arrieta and two prospects for Headley, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports (Twitter links).  After Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, Arrieta is the young Orioles player rival teams covet most, Connolly writes.  However, those clubs are trying to buy low on Arrieta.  Connolly reports that one of the two prospects the Padres sought with Arrieta is a high ceiling player at Class A Delmarva.
  • The Padres told clubs Sunday they'll keep Headley unless the market changes dramatically, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.  Earlier, Yahoo's Jeff Passan wrote that the Padres expect to decide today whether to keep Headley.
  • The Athletics won't trade starting pitching prospect Dan Straily in a Headley deal, tweets Peter Gammons of MLB Network.  Lightly regarded by prospect gurus prior to the season, the 23-year-old is in the midst of a breakout campaign and is now considered a quality pitching prospect.  Still, despite leading the minor leagues in strikeouts, Straily did not crack top 50 prospects lists published by ESPN's Keith Law and Baseball America this month.


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58 Comments on "Chase Headley Rumors: Monday"


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not_brooks
2 years 11 months ago

I would call this posturing by the Padres in an attempt to get a better return. But they did sign Street and Quentin to extensions.

All I can say for sure is that I have no idea what the Padres are doing. I guess setting themselves up for some winter deals or maybe a big deadline sale in 2013…?

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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

Maybe they are trying to keep attendence up, while rebuilding. But why would you spend significant money on a closer for a bad team. There are many better ways to spend your money if you want fans.

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2 years 11 months ago

Bad team? They have a better record than Orioles the past two months. And they did it with SIX starting pitchers on the DL.

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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

There are only 4 teams with worse record so far in all of baseball. They may have had injuries, but so have other teams. Nobody expected them to be any better than 4th in the west.

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2 years 11 months ago

Look it up. Since June 1st Padres have better record than Orioles and they did it with 6, count them, 6 starting pitchers on DL and most player days on the DL of any team in MLB.

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marinest21
2 years 11 months ago

Web, he isn’t disputing your facts, but what weakens your argument is the fact that the season starts on April 1st, not on June 1st. Yes, the Padres have been playing remarkably well for the past two months, however that has been only half the season. For what it’s worth, most polls picked the Padres to finish no better than 3rd this year.

Additionally, the fact that they have been playing better with a predominantly makeshift rotation (Moseley, Stauffer, Luebke, and Wieland all were placed on the DL before June 1st) for the majority of this surge should also be something to look at. Who says they would have a better record if these four were healthy? IMO, the return of Quentin and the emergence of Amarista and Grandal have been the difference.

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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

Fine, that still doesn’t make them a good team. The O’s have really fallen apart, after having really good luck earlier in season. The O’s aren’t a very good team either, they were streaking but are falling back to earth.

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Tommy Pompo
2 years 11 months ago

They aren’t setting up for a 2013 deadline sale, and they aren’t just trying to keep attendance up while rebuilding. They have been rebuilding and they are setting themselves up to win next year, after having rebuilt themselves. Already the team is looking much better than the beginning of the year, and they actually have a shot at being good next year. They are only going to trade Headley for something that will help them win next year

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TheReturnOfMrBlanks
2 years 11 months ago

I’m still hoping Headley gets traded, I don’t think this current offense is going to compete next year without more moves or signings in the offseason, but who knows what teams are offering for him. We need some OF’s and I hope we get one. If they keep him I think they should take a long hard look at moving a couple walls in and building around Quentin/Headley/Amarista/Grandal/Gyroko. Would love to see Deno/Venable/Guzman gone for next year, still not sold on Maybin and Alonzo but if they could ever move the walls in a bit it might help Alonzo’s numbers not look so basic.

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2 years 11 months ago

Cant build around a guy that only plays about 100 games per year.

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TheReturnOfMrBlanks
2 years 11 months ago

Brynes stated that he was a guy they were builing around….just saying

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Tommy Ngo
2 years 11 months ago

You realize Alonso is a rookie playing at Petco?

I will say that he has held his own so far.

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TheReturnOfMrBlanks
2 years 11 months ago

I watch every game, so yes I realize he plays at Petco. Do you guys just try to get in arguments on here or can a guy just have a opinion every now and then. Jebus

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marinest21
2 years 11 months ago

I would build around Alonso and Maybin as well. People tend to forget they are both only 25 years old, still a lot of room for development and improvement from both of them. Yeah Maybin may be having a down year offensively, but he is only a season removed from swiping 40+ bags and he provides great defense in center field, which is imperative in Petco. Alonso is a doubles machine (tied for 10th in all of MLB) and will only hit for a higher average as he progresses. But I agree with you, move in the fences.

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TheReturnOfMrBlanks
2 years 11 months ago

I agree with you on that, Alonzo thinks he will be a 20 plus homer guy which is nice to know he is trying to add power to his game. Watching him today play at Cinci shows what he can do out side if Petco.

Do you guys think the Pads make any moves?

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marinest21
2 years 11 months ago

I honestly don’t think they will, however if they do I think it’ll be a minor deal, a la Gregerson for a prospect or cash. They appeared to be pretty intent on trading Headley, however if the market isn’t want they envisioned I don’t think they feel there is any pressure to move him, and frankly, I’m comfortable with that.

Like you mentioned, we have a very good core to build around. Grandal IMO is a stud and has earned the right to be the everyday catcher, hopefully he retains the starting job after coming back from injury. The rotation has been in shambles, but when Volquez, Luebke, Bass, Richard, and Stauffer are all healthy that’s not a bad quintet whatsoever Additionally, I’m excited about Amarista and if Gyorko comes up and hits at 2B, then (as we argued about last week), I do believe the MINF would be in good shape (for now) and a RF would be the missing piece.

My pipe dream? Acquiring Mike Stanton. The guy is RH’ed (ideal power hitter for Petco) and can hit the ball a country mile. Loria and the Marlins seem like they don’t care about winning again, so why not? (Haha) We’d have to give away a ton to get him, but depending on who it is, I would love to see it. One can hope.

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TheReturnOfMrBlanks
2 years 11 months ago

I was saying that last year, I think he avged 417ft per homer, him and Upton would hold thier own at Petco, Upton was like 414 per bomb. I honesty 10000% agree with you and would trade anything for Stanton and build around him with Quentin hitting behind him, won’t ever happen but I hope for the same thing. Coach John K. on 1090 told me “I was dreamin” last year when I brought that up.

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OaklandFan22
2 years 11 months ago

I’m starting to think that Beane doesn’t understand, that he needs to give up talent to get talent. We can’t just get talent and give up nothing. Beane needs to make a move, while all the other wild card contenders are making moves that impact their team. I wouldn’t mind us giving up several prospects for players that can impact the team NOW. We at least need a shortstop, but headley would be an upgrade over Inge. Make a move Billy, instead of sitting back and watching everyone else make moves! We have too many pitchers with straily waiting in AAA, anderson and mccarthy coming off the d.l. and Braden coming back in the near future.

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not_brooks
2 years 11 months ago

It’s been a slow deadline, guy. Relax.

I would be shocked if Beane doesn’t do anything, but even if he doesn’t, this A’s team is playing at this level because of their pitching, and they’ll go as far as their pitching takes them.

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Iconoclast17
2 years 11 months ago

Not really. The only reason the A’s are even in contention is they got some hitting/power for a change. The best they’ve had since 2006. Otherwise, you’d be looking at 9 Derek Barton’s and great pitching—a boring formula for 75-87.

melvin has been masterful and guys like Reddick, Cespedes and to a lesser extent Moss and early Inge have breathed new life into the A’s.

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Lookouts400
2 years 11 months ago

C’mon, not_brookisie, you just finished watching A’s and O’s battle this weekend. You don’t think the A’s have a decent offense? Reddick, Cespedas, Crisp, and Smith make up a very good OF. Chris Carter looks like the real deal at 1B, Weeks brings speed and D at 2B, They’re hurt by not having Pennington at SS, but then again, Cliffy was only hitting 197, far below his career number and Inge has been playing well at third.

Suzuki is a good defensive catcher who has produced n the past, and Norris isn’t terrible, but needs to hit more. Moss has almost a 600 SLG. They’re far from perfect, but you telling me you wouldn’t trade the Orioles OF for the A’s OF? I would in a second. And Carter has as many HRs as Reynolds does in 220 fewer PAs and is hitting 271/386/695 but does look like he can’t catch a cold at 1B.

I don’t know about you, but it does seem to me that the A’s have a lot more going for them than a 3.45 ERA, which leads the league, BTW.

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not_brooks
2 years 11 months ago

I never said they didn’t have a decent offense. They do, for sure. And the offense has been much better than decent over the past two months or so.

But the A’s have 10 one run wins since June 25th. And the pitching staff allowed more than three runs in just one of those 10 games.

Hitting comes and goes, especially on a young team that lacks proven hitters. You can put up 14 runs on a AAAA scrub one day and get shut out by an ace the next. But if you have consistent pitching, as the A’s have had all year, you’re always going to be in the game.

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2 years 11 months ago

So i guess trading three all-stars doesn’t count under the trading talent to get talent thing? Calm down there guy, I’m sure he knows what he is doing.

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mjnord
2 years 11 months ago

Beane dosen’t understand that he needs to give up talent to get talent? Are you kidding me? You’re telling me the guy who traded Mulder, Hudson, Cargo, Either, Holliday, Cahill, Gonzalez, Swisher, Bailey, etc. dosent know that he needs to give up talent to get it? Hahaha Beane knows what he is doing Headley’s price tag is too high, Escobar’s is cancer to a club house, and it dosent sound like they are willing to trade for Drew. I would love to see them upgrade at SS with all the pitching we have but its just not meant to be this trade deadline and there is no need to force a bad deal.

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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

It’s the thing about operating with very small revenues. The A’s need their prospects to compete, and without them they are non-competing. Unlike other teams they often can’t compete by trading all their talent, they even struggle when their arbitration eligibles start to get up over 10M. Teams like the Yankees or Phillies can afford to make moves that will cost them more later, the A’s run on a tight budget.

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Snoochies8
2 years 11 months ago

Really happy Beane is holding his line strong and balking at giving up Straily. That guy will be very good. Seems like fans forget that Sizemore will be back next year and 2 years of Headley < 6 years of Straily/Griffin/Choice/etc. AND 4 or 5 years of Sizemore

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Iconoclast17
2 years 11 months ago

Headley > Sizemore, years and control aside. And, Sizemore can’t help the A’s win this year.

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Snoochies8
2 years 11 months ago

No he can’t, much rather go for a SS than a 3B anyway. At least with a 3B we have an option for next year, with SS, unless Yordy Cabrera or Wilfredo Solano somehow miraculously decide to start hitting, we don’t really have an option for the next few years, that can hit anywhere near decently at least

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mjnord
2 years 11 months ago

Thats why he said 2 years of Headley < 6 years of Straily/Griffin/Choice etc. AND 4 or 5 years of Sizemore. No one would ever say that Sizemore is better than Headley. Its just not worth it to give up all those guys for Headley.

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Rob Lucci
2 years 11 months ago

What about Daniel Murphy to the A’s for some minor league pitchers?