San Diego Padres Rumors: Chase Headley On The Chopping Block?

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Rumors circulating about San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley being traded have continued as the offseason wears on. Chances were that last season and in the beginning of spring training that Headley was going to get traded. The percentage of that happening increased during the trade deadline but Headley stayed put. Now, rumors are heating up again about the potential transaction.

Padres new CEO Mike Dee has come out and said that the team is willing to spend to make the team better for the long haul. That statement could go a few ways. Dee could be looking to re-sign Headley to a long-term contract or look to trade him for prospects that would better the club.

After a down year in 2013, Headley’s value may have decreased. He hit 13 home runs and drove in 50 RBI this season, which was a little unexpected after his surprise performance in 2012. That year, Headley hit 37 home runs and drove in a league-leading 115 RBI. From 2012 to 2013, his batting averaged decreased 56 points.

Headley could look forward to a change of scenery from PetCo Park though. San Diego’s home ballpark is a pitcher’s park making hit harder for Headley to hi for power. During his 37-home run season, Headley hit 18 of the 37 home runs on the road. He had 64 RBI on the road and batted 28 points better. Somewhere away from San Diego is where Headley should go, but it has yet been really talked about.

There are no plans to begin negotiations on an extension, so a trade could be imminent.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for RantSports.com. He comments on San Diego Padres rumors. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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