The Toronto Blue Jays have lost two key hitters in its lineup within the last week. Toronto lost Edwin Encarnacion with a strained right quad and Wednesday lost designated hitter Adam Lind for six to eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot. The team loses a solid hitter in Lind and a home run threat in Encarnacion, which is why now is the time to make a trade for San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley.
Headley is only batting .225/.300/.341 for the Padres this season with six home runs and 27 RBIs. He is only two seasons removed from the National League-leading 115 RBIs he recorded in 2012. San Diego’s trade market has heated up for Headley each deadline since he recorded the massive amount of RBIs a few years back. Now, with the Padres seemingly out of contention for the playoffs, a deal for Headley could definitely be imminent.
The addition of Headley might cost the Blue Jays a few top prospects, but it could also make the lineup a bit more dangerous. Headley has spent his entire career in a pitchers’ park like PETCO Park and has performed fairly well. Switching to a playoff contender like the Blue Jays with a lot of power around him, Headley could see a lot more pitches and perform even better than he was in San Diego.
Toronto and San Diego had discussions involving Headley, according to reports. It looks likely that Headley’s natural landing spot will be north of the border in the American League East.