Another trade deadline approaching, another season the New York Yankees are rumored to be scouting San Diego Padres third baseman, Chase Headley. The Yankees are an interesting case so far offensively as a team having a minus-37 run differential, and still finding themselves in third place in the AL East and only four and half games out of first.
The Yankees have been known for showing interest in Headley in the past, but did not want to take on his contract. Ironic for a team that is known for signing well-known players to long-term and large salary contracts. Headley’s biggest year came in 2012 when he hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and drove in 115 RBIs. It came together both offensively and defensively for him that year. Since then, he has been hit with the injury bug and has not been the same player for the Padres.
The Yankees are being smart on not making a quick move for the infielder. They have enough risk on their roster with all the injuries and the age of the players. If they were to be bold and trade for Headley, it comes with risk. It could pay off for both sides. A change of scenery for the 30-year-old could pay off. The expectations are much different in New York than they are in San Diego, and that would be something worth seeing him adjust to. However, the pressure should be off his back. While players like Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran would take most of the spotlight, Headley can focus on the fundamentals that helped make him a silver slugger and gold glove winner in 2012.
The Yankees of course will weigh their options and look into pitching before looking into landing the third baseman. They will be smart and make sure he is healthy and not going to be another injury risk. However, it could work out for the second half of the season for both ends as the team is somehow still in the AL East race.