San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley has been one to watch this season, and has made headlines again by refusing to talk contract extension with his team during the season.
Headley says that he absolutely loves playing ball for the Padres, and is flattered that the team’s management wants to keep him around for another season. But the star player feels that talking contracts mid-season would only be distracting for him and his Padres teammates.
Headley is currently the second-highest paid player on the Padres, making a cool $8.75 million, right behind left fielder Carlos Quentin, who takes home $9.5 million each year. Headley’s representatives and the Padres have not seriously discussed long-term contract negotiations since before the regular season started, but Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler has made it clear that the team wants to keep Headley around.
What Fowler, and the rest of the Padres’ management, is potentially proposing, is a contract that could keep Headley with the team for multiple seasons, and make him the highest paid player on the team, far surpassing Quentin. According to Fowler, Headley would be the highest paid player in club history.
And the third baseman has surely earned it. Padres fans are aware that Headley spent a triumphant 2012 season winning the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards as a result of his powerful ball playing. An injury during 2013 Spring Training hasn’t stopped him from making strides during his time on the field this season as well.
Despite the lucrative offers hinted at him from his team management, Headley still remains steadfast in his decision to stay mum and focus on his game for the time being. He has repeatedly stated how much he loves playing for San Diego, the organization he has called home since 2005.
It seems likely that at the rate Headley is playing, the Padres will still want him just as badly after the regular season ends.