By Jacob Kornhauser on July 22, 2014
Former All-Star third baseman Chase Headley is headed to New York to join the Yankees. One of the most coveted position players available on the market, the Yankees sent young third baseman Yangervis Solarte and a minor league pitcher to San Diego in return. Here are five takeaways from the big trade.
Baseball's most successful franchise is in danger of missing the playoffs for the second season in a row, which isn't a spot they're used to being in. On top of wanting to win one for Derek Jeter in his final season, the Yankees are desperate to compete and that's why they got rid of such a promising young hitter.
Giving up Yangervis Solarte in this trade was ludicrous for the Yankees. He's already shown that he can be a .300 hitter in the major leagues and he's only just scratching the surface of his potential. Headley makes the lineup deeper, but it won't push them over the top without other moves being made as well.
Most likely, the Padres were looking for two or three solid prospects who would be major league ready in a year or two. Instead, they got a promising young star who has already excelled at baseball's highest level. Replacing Headley, who was aging and often hurt, Solarte has the chance to develop into a really nice player in San Diego.
This move indicates that the Yankees are far from done in terms of trades. They clearly need more pitching help, so this could show that they're all in. If that truly is the case, they could add plenty of pitching by the deadline.
Entering the tail end of his career, how Headley performs down the stretch could determine the contract he gets once he's a free agent. He will have the national spotlight of playing for the Yankees to help him out, so now it's up to him.
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