The San Diego Padres want to do whatever it takes to sign third baseman Chase Headley to a long-term contract extension. However, it does not appear the reigning National League RBI champion is interested in discussing contract negotiations during the season.
“We made it abundantly clear [before] that we didn’t want to talk about it during the season,” Headley said, according to Padres.com.
“I didn’t think that for me and for the team that it was good to get caught up with all of this during the season.”
Headley brings up a great point. Players do not like to discuss contract negotiations during the season because it not only takes away from what they are trying to accomplish, but it is a distraction for the entire team. Every single player’s focus should be winning during the season, and if one player has their mindset on getting paid, then the flow of the team will simply be off.
It is understandable why San Diego wants to get a deal done as soon as possible, considering how well Headley has played the last couple of seasons. Not to mention, he is off to a great start this year, despite missing the first few weeks of the season on the 15-day disabled list.
“We want him here. … It’s a priority to keep him here,” Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler told Padres.com.
The good news for the Padres is that Headley does not want to play anywhere else but San Diego. That means there is no rush to get a deal done because he will hear what management has to say at the conclusion of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Headley has posted a .280 batting average with three home runs, six RBI, eight walks, two stolen bases and four doubles in 50 at-bats this year.