If there is a player that is more coveted right now than Chase Headley, I would like to know who it could be. It feels like every team that needed a third baseman in the off-season was linked to the San Diego Padres’ third baseman. While a lot of people think a Headley trade is inevitable, I think it would be a huge mistake for the Padres to trade their franchise star.
The Padres finished the 2012 season with a pretty respectable 76-86 record. Although they probably won’t compete in the NL West this season, they have the farm system to build a solid team for years to come, with Headley as the set foundation. The soon-to-be 29-year old third baseman is the best offensive player the Padres have had since Adrian Gonzalez departed the team; ergo, they cannot afford to lose him.
Third base is probably the most stacked position in baseball; it’s possible that he’s not even a top five third baseman. But he deserves a long-term extension from the Padres. Considering the market of the other signed third basemen, it would probably take about four years and $60-70 million to sign Headley, giving the Padres ample time to build a winning team within the organization.
The beautiful thing that the Padres having working for them is that their entire park is a market inefficiency They have proven time and time again that they can turn any pitcher into a quality starter. Look no further than what happened with Eric Stults last season.
So, while other teams’ fans want Chase Headley, it makes no sense for the Padres to move him. That farm system is already good enough.