The New York Yankees have inquired about San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Headley is a switch-hitter, a huge asset that the Yankees could use in their lineup, and had a career year in 2012. He led the National League in RBI, resulting in him getting the Silver Slugger award as well as winning a Gold Glove last year.
Just inquiring about a high-quality third baseman like Headley says a lot about the Yankees’ thoughts about the possible return of Alex Rodriguez. Even though the Padres said that they have no interest in trading Headley to the Bronx, it means that the Yankees know something about A-Rod, possibly involving the Biogenesis scandal, that the public does not.
It’s been no secret that the Yankees have been dreading the return of Rodriguez, mostly because they do not want to pay him money he will not truly earn on the field.
A-Rod brings some production with a ton of drama. If the Yanks did pull a trade for Headley, it is uncertain what that would mean for A-Rod. Would he become the right-handed designated hitter? There is no way he could be traded — no one would want to take on a soon-to-be 38-year-old media circus that is no better than an average player, even if the Yankees agree to eat some of his gargantuan salary.
But at this point, it seems like these questions won’t have to be answered because the Padres are reluctant to trade away their best player. It would be a very interesting situation if trade talks did get more serious, but as of now, it is just speculation.
Still, it is intriguing that the Yankees asked about him, with Rodriguez scheduled to return as early as Monday.