Padres Likely To Trade Chase Headley

The Padres are drawing “huge” amounts of interest in third baseman Chase Headley, and there’s a “strong probability” of a trade, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. The Padres are "down the road" with several teams willing to part with high-end prospects for Headley, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (on Twitter).

The Yankees are unlikely to make a strong push for Headley, Heyman reports. Though they will consider third base options now that Alex Rodriguez is on the disabled list with a broken hand, they don’t want to surrender top prospects for Headley. The Yankees will ask the Padres about Headley, but haven’t done so yet, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). 

Headley has a .268/.361/.423 batting line in 421 plate appearances for the Padres this year. He earns $3.48MM in 2012 and will remain under team control through 2014. GM Josh Byrnes has reportedly set a tremendously high asking price for Headley. The Orioles, Indians, Pirates, A's and others have checked in on the 28-year-old.


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150 Comments on "Padres Likely To Trade Chase Headley"


danistheguy
3 years 1 month ago

Makes so much sense for the Orioles. Improves the team’s OBP, fixes 3B, slot him #2 and push Hardy down to #5 or 6 where he belongs. No, he’s not a big time slugger, but he’s exactly what the O’s are missing from their 3B position.

Hermie13
3 years 1 month ago

Agree with everything you said…

Same could be said about the Indians though. He’s exactly what the Indians need at 3B and they need a RH bat in the worst way.

3 years 1 month ago

who would they give up? arrieta? or xavier avery? I would part with either if that means the orioles would get a defensive 3b with a solid bat

Victor Perez
3 years 1 month ago

they could part with both and it likely still wouldn’t be enough

Lookouts400
3 years 1 month ago

In OPACY, he could be a 20 HR man.

RBIBaseball
3 years 1 month ago

1. Yankees acquire Headley for Prospects
2. Yankees trade Headley for Prospects in the offseason
3. ???????????????
4. Profit

MaCmAnSuX
3 years 1 month ago

That would not be very profitable though. Since it’s the deadline now, the price for Headley is a lot higher than it will be in the off-season. So the Yanks will end up giving more than they’ll get back.

3 years 1 month ago

and have a better team for the playoffs this year…

MaCmAnSuX
3 years 1 month ago

That would be true, I’m sure Headley is better than any other option they could place at 3B right now, but I’m sure A-rod will be back before the season ends, it takes what, 4-6 weeks to heal a broken hand? And there is over 2 months left of baseball, I have a feeling they won’t go for him.

3 years 1 month ago

Headley is better than A-Rod defensively and has also played some LF in his career. He helps you guys either way

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Watch as soon as the ChiSox fall out of it (I give them until late August) they try and make a waiver deal with the Yankees for Youk. How funny would it be the NYY fans that booed him would want him to slip through waivers?

3 years 1 month ago

5. Or Yankees don’t have the prospects to acquire him.

padresfuture
3 years 1 month ago

Breaking news…. the killer H’s Headley and Hundley head to the Yankees for Banuelos and Sanchez.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

The only piece that fits in regards to the Yanks trading for Headley is Step 3.

greengrove
3 years 1 month ago

This post was a south park reference and a joke. Probably confusing to non-south park watchers..

3 years 1 month ago

Not sure if Oakland will make a strong play at this one. SS is a bigger need

S OB
3 years 1 month ago

Because he plays in SD and is especially hurt by PETCO, it is always nice to remind people what he does on the road

.279/.378/.488/.866, .378 wOBA, 147 wRC+ ~ 2012
.330/.399/.465/.864, .376 wOBA, 147 wRC+ ~ 2011

Should provide quite an upgrade to almost any team in the game.

danistheguy
3 years 1 month ago

/droooool

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

I love him.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

I honestly think they should keep him, keep in mind I dont know of any 3rd basemen in their system that are MLB ready but he is one of the few guys who still puts up very good number at petco

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

Jedd Gyorko?

3 years 1 month ago

Would REALLY like to see Gyorko play at least a few hundred at bats at MLB level before Pads ship Headley out. We know he can hit minor league pitching, but its almost a standing joke how many guys hit like Ruth in the minors and then flame out against major league stuff.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

I agree, watching Rizzo now makes me feel like we got robbed. Watching that bomb he hit today live made me feel even worse lol

Cankersly
3 years 1 month ago

Padres definitely got robbed in that Rizzo deal. Rizzo is way more valuable than Cashner. And much better than Alonso. Bad move there by Byrnes.

Drew Tweedie
3 years 1 month ago

Agreed so hard. I know Gyorko is supposed to be a more polished hitter (at the time of their call-ups), but I’m just having nightmares of Rizzo’s sub .200 BA flashing over and over. Plus isn’t Gyorko’s defense at third supposed to be a little flimsy?

3 years 1 month ago

His defense will be solid. He came up as a short stop as being drafted and has played second. He will be more than fine with his bat at the hot corner.

padresfuture
3 years 1 month ago

I agree. People act as if Gyorko is an instant replacement. He likely will be just fine, but the Padres should be attempting to retain qaulity bats not trade them away. Let Gyorko take a few at bats at 3B and a couple hundred at 2B before trading away a legit bat. Nice screen name, BTW.

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

For a rebuilding team it makes sense to get prospects if you have a valuable trading chip.

Matt Rennick
3 years 1 month ago

Just as long as they are major league ready prospects. It’s nice to have the number one farm system, but that doesn’t mean crap to me if they aren’t playing at major league level

S OB
3 years 1 month ago

Jedd Gyorko is their guy, top 70-90 prospect who is supposedly ready now/at least really soon

And I understand what you are saying, but…

.258/.345/.363/.709, .313 wOBA, 103 wRC+ ~ 2012

.243/.348/.326/.674, .309 wOBA, 101 wRC+ ~ 2011

…he does get absolutely destroyed at PETCO.

Granted, that is as good as, if not slightly better then, most other hitters in
San Diego, but it’s also the difference between Evan Longoria on the
Road to say, an even weaker Freddy Sanchez at Home.

3 years 1 month ago

More like a 50 top prospect that is climbing in prospect status. But I agree, he is their guy. A right hander with similar MiLB numbers theoretically could profile more favorably in Petco than Headley has.

padresfuture
3 years 1 month ago

Forsythe and Gyorko are both ready and able to replace Headley.

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

not to mention Darnell as well when he comes back.

padresfuture
3 years 1 month ago

Darnell could get some at bats at 3b but is inferior to both Forsythe and Gyorko defensively at third.

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

the point is he’s another option

davbee
3 years 1 month ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you, S OB. I’ve been beating my head against the wall trying to get this point across to people.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

Byrnes must be looking for a Top OF prospect, which of these teams has the best to offer?

danistheguy
3 years 1 month ago

O’s have Avery and Hoes… not TOP prospects, but solid prospects all the same.

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

OF Top prospects is all the Yankees have lol

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

my bad, edited that

baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Gary Sanchez is a catcher

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

The Yankees are not trading Sanchez.

baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Did I say that? No. You said all they had was top OF prospects, I just corrected you.

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

I didn’t mean it literally. but they have two very good pieces (Mason Williams and Tyler Austin) which I doubt they trade them for Headley.

Victor Perez
3 years 1 month ago

That’s ok because at this point the last thing the Padres need is a high end catcher prospect with grandal just being called up and Austin Hedges in A ball.

3 years 1 month ago

orioles have xavier avery who is a speedy top of the order cf who can get on base and steal. He was called up for the first time this year due to injuries in the OF but could be an everyday player in the majors next year or so.

Cankersly
3 years 1 month ago

No thanks.

Lookouts400
3 years 1 month ago

Think for a second. You just signed Quentin, so he’s your left fielder, like it or not. Maybin is in a long slump, and hasn’t progressed they way you’d like. Things I’ve read say he’s trying to hard to hit HRs in a non-HR park. You also have Denorfia and Venable, both useful players, but hardly answers. Avery improves your defense, you put him into left, move Carlos back to RF, where he played most of the time with the White Sox, and you’ve got another table setter and a young one at that. Xavier is only 22 and did not look over matched during his times up. Plus, he’s hit seven HRs at AAA, so he does have some pop, but is mainly a gap-hitting doubles machine and, at PETCO, could hit more than a few triples.

Trust me, I wouldn’t consider trading him unless it was to get a guy like Headley.

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

avery strikes out way 2 much, nice try but no thanks

Lookouts400
3 years 1 month ago

brain, do not get caught up in strikeouts. He’s 22, very new to baseball, having been a football player through high school. In fact, he was going to play football for the University of Georgia but signed with the Orioles, who drafted him based on his immense physical ability. His skills are beginning to show up, and strikeouts are something that can be fixed. Trust me, you’ll wish you had traded for this guy when you had the chance. Like I said before, I’d love if they kept him, but if they could use him to get a guy like Headley, who would solve so many of the Orioles problems, more’s the better.

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

BTW you should be a used car salesman, but strikeouts are a huge factor- plate discipline is not easy to correct. No thanks, you guys seem sold on him- keep him.

Amish_willy
3 years 1 month ago

The Padres owe Maybin 4/24m after this year. He’s the teams CF now and going forward. It’s been an off year but his bat has started to come to life, although the wrist injury has kept him out for the past week. Avery is a nice prospect, but I don’t think we’ll see San Diego moving Headley for a player of his ilk.

Based on the players the Orioles are willing to part with i’d be very surprised to see him end up there. Not a great fit.

padresfuture
3 years 1 month ago

I would accept a package centered around Matusz and Schoop.

Victor Perez
3 years 1 month ago

I think we can do better.

padresfuture
3 years 1 month ago

I prefer the prospects that the Pirates and A’s could potentially offer.

Chris Nichols
3 years 1 month ago

Avery might be progressing nicely into a baseball player, but there’s no way around the fact that he’s not a top prospect and there is a lot of work to be done. I’d rather have Hoes if its an outfielder they’re after. They might want Schoop to see if they can reconvert him to SS

3 years 1 month ago

Wow the scenarios on this board from Baltimore are just everything + an added “ulous.”

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Are u being insidious 😉

Edit.. Well.. Got the ous..LOL

Lookouts400
3 years 1 month ago

Ok, San Diego people, how about Matusz. Bridwell, Schoop, and Hoes for Headley and someone else?

3 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t mind if the orioles parted with Hoes and/or schoop for headley. We’ll keep avery and put him at lead off and LF when he’s ready to play full time in the bigs which is most likely next year

Chris Nichols
3 years 1 month ago

The O’s system is so tricky because it has amazing potential with guys like Schoop, Bridwell, and Matusz who are all playing awful this year. I’m really curious to see what ends up happening/what the padres would want in a potential trade

dvmin98
3 years 1 month ago

Right field at Petco requires someone with speed, a la Venable or Denorfia. The right center gap is a haul. Quentin needs to stay in left field which isn’t as tough.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 1 month ago

Whatever addition has to beat out Denorfia and Venable, they don’t want a borderline RF added that want to trade for a guy every team would start over Venable or Denorfia. Players need high ceiling cause pads have the deepest talent pool but need more stars. p.s. Liriano (just moved to AA) will be starter before the end of 2014. He’s a future 20/20 guy, stole over 60 last season, shows EVERY tool. K’s too much still.

Victor Perez
3 years 1 month ago

Nothing gets done with Baltimore unless Schoop is included, at a minimum. Avery is no centerpiece. Most people in SD still believe in Maybin as well. He’s hit much better since altering his stance and is still only 24.

Ivan Verastica
3 years 1 month ago

i like avery, he looks like dee gordon but an outfielder

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

No thanks we already have a speedy top of the order OF who strikes out 2 much in Maybin, look how thats going for us. Padres need a power hitting outfielder or a guy with true 5 tool potential.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

“No thanks we already have a speedy top of the order OF who strikes out 2 much in Maybin”

LOL! You were warned before signing him to that outlandish 5 year contract.

Signed,
Marlins fan who saw this for 3 seasons

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

i never signed him to anything, i don’t if you noticed but fans didn’t really have a say in his extension.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Apologies.. You will almost NEVER see me do that.. Check over my posts.. It aggrivates me as well…

Sd_brain
3 years 1 month ago

no harm done.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 1 month ago

Padres have been looking for their leadoff hitter since moving to Petco. A lead off type could be an enticing addition to a package around 1 or 2 star prospects

Keeganrafael20
3 years 1 month ago

With Pablo hurt and belt really struggling, you could put headley at 3rd and wheb pablo gets back move pablo to first.Giants should be interested, unless the padres don’t want to trade within the division. Giants have Gary brown who they could offer. And I wouldn’t mind trading our top prospect for Headley, plus he’s under control through 2014

corey23
3 years 1 month ago

i doubt the padres want to give up a player with 3 years left under control to a division rival

DempseyK
3 years 1 month ago

If the Padres are looking for an outfield prospect the pirates could center a package around starling marte.

3 years 1 month ago

Phils need a third baseman, and the free agent market is weak. Go for it.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 1 month ago

The Phillies aren’t going anywhere this year and do they even have the prospects to trade for Headley.

Hey Its Placido Polanco
3 years 1 month ago

Who said anything about “this year”? Phillies need a 3B for next year and beyond.

Thomas Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

With what?

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

Spend a ton of money, empty out the farm system, repeat.

Doesn’t seem sustainable to me…

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

A 7 game lead is certainly not insurmountable. Its still late July. We’ve certainly seen leads like that much later in the season dissapear. I think this ARod injury will hurt alot. In past years, when we had a guy like Posada catching and hitting well, Damon in LF and Matsui at DH…we would be able to handle it. Not sure if we can now since we already have weaknesses at other lineup spots.

Jeter
Granderson
Tex
Cano
Swisher
Ibanez/Jones
Ichiro
Nix/Chavez
Martin

Once you get past 5, there are alot of holes. I dont like Ibanez/Jones having to hit 6th. Ichiro? What can we expect from him? He does have a .288 OBP this year. On days Nix plays, the 8-9 spots are like two pitchers spots and unless Ichiro finds his old form…7-8-9 are downright brutal. If you play Chavez too much, you have to worry about his body holding up.

Even if he comes back in mid-late September (assuming its 6-8 weeks) where will he rehab? who’s to say he will even be in prime shape to play? Alot of question marks. This is why I advocate swinging a deal for a guy like Chase Headley. It keeps the lineup lengthened and eliminates what would be a significant hole. If ARod comes back? Then you have really good depth. You can even DH Alex and play Headley at 3B if you want in certain games.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 1 month ago

I definitely like the idea of adding another player I’d just see the yankees overpay for someone else other than headley.

3 years 1 month ago

I say the red sox do what they were gonna do with ramirez. Get headley and trade for a few pitching propects from the yankees

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

How about Headley straight up for Hunter Pence? I know the Padres don’t want to take on salary like that but they are very similar players, Phils need a 3B – Padres need a OF to build team around with Quentin……I kinda like it.

3 years 1 month ago

Hunter Pence? Really… I’d rather chew bamboo and watch grass grow. Pence is not a build around piece, he is overrated and prone to long slumps. Petco National Park is where mediocre hitters disappear. Think back to Ludwig, his numbers died here and I think Ludwig is a better player/hitter then Pence.

withpower
3 years 1 month ago

I understand you wanted to disagree vehemently with the previous poster’s suggestion — but Hunter Pence overrated? I think the guy is just ‘rated’. He’s fine. He’s a pretty good hitter, he doesn’t kill anyone in the OF.

Ryan Ludwick a better player? Really?

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

Ya Ludwick is and will never be the caliber player that Pence is.

davbee
3 years 1 month ago

Headley > Pence, but many don’t know it because Headley’s numbers are so suppressed by his home ballpark. Headley is also cheaper than Pence. And younger than Pence (meaning, this isn’t the kind of player that SD would want in return).

3 years 1 month ago

Exactly. Pence has played in 2 of the easiest parks to hit. Headley has hit in arguably the worst.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

Ok just a thought….lol

Amish_willy
3 years 1 month ago

Considering Pence has 1 less year of control and will make more in ’13 than Headley will in ’13 & ’14, I don’t see that as a fit 1-1.

yazpik
3 years 1 month ago

Hey Jack Z, trade Blake Beavan and Franklin Gutiérrez for him. Beavan would be great at Petco, Guti will be the best CF defensively in baseball again.

baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

I’m sure Headley would be ecstatic about playing in another pitcher’s park.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

They already have Maybin who can cover any park and not hit.

3 years 1 month ago

Would the Reds be interested? Let Frazier play 1b until Votto gets back and then put Frazier in LF.

3 years 1 month ago

I’d love for the Reds to have him but it seems unlikely.

nm344
3 years 1 month ago

I think Phillies are going to be going hard after Headley. Everyone keeps doubting what the Phillies can do. Keep doubting.

OaklandFan22
3 years 1 month ago

Alright since we didn’t get hanley, lets go after headley and yunel.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

Dude, you were bashing Headley 2 days ago….really? with Choice injured good luck

OaklandFan22
3 years 1 month ago

Choice wasn’t ready to come up this year anyway, and now that we didn’t get hanley, I’d be willing to part with some top prospects for him and ship brett anderson to toronto for yunel

Iconoclast17
3 years 1 month ago

The A’s dodged a bullet by not getting the overpaid, undermotivated Ramirez. Escobar would be a definite upgrade. I’d trade Choice or Taylor in a heartbeat. The Jays will likely want pitching, though. Peacock and anybody else not named Strailey at AAA?

Headley would be great, but who do you move? Griffin? Gray? Anderson?

The A’s will likely end up with Marco Scutaro and that would be a vast improvement over their current trio of AAA players at SS.