Padres Avoid Arbitration With Chase Headley

The Padres and Chase Headley have agreed to a one-year, $8.575MM to avoid arbitration, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).  Headley is represented by Jim Murray of Excel Sports Management.

The third baseman filed for $10.3MM while the Padres countered with $7.075MM.  Their agreed upon figure is just shy of the $8.688MM midpoint.  Headley, who earned Super Two status following the 2010 season, will be arbitration eligible for the final time next winter.  Beyond that, Headley is set to hit the open market after the 2014 season.

Headley enjoyed his best season to date in 2012, hitting .286/.376/.498 with a career-high 31 homers in 699 plate appearances.  As MLBTR's Transactions Tracker shows, the Padres have just one arb eligible player remaining in Clayton Richard.

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