Chase Headley, the Yankees newly-acquired switch-hitting third baseman, had another alright game with his new club, going 1-for-5 in today’s contest. He may have struck out twice and made the final out today, but on the bright side, he has now hit safely in each of his first five games in Pinstripes.
Headley was acquired from the San Diego Padres just four days ago in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handing pitcher Rafael De Paula. At the time of the trade, Headley’s numbers did not look overly impressive, as he was slashing just .229/.296/.355 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 77 games as a Padre. Since becoming a Yankee, however, he is hitting at a .368/.368/.474 clip.
Furthermore, a mere two years ago, Headley had his breakthrough season in which he clobbered 31 home runs and drove in a league-leading 115 runs, while posting a solid .286 batting average and a robust .875 OPS. He also finished fifth in the NL MVP voting that season. It is hard to believe that the player who posted those numbers could simply vanish. Maybe there is a chance that history will show that a change of scenery was all it took to help Headley revert to his former self.
Furthermore, prior to joining the Yankees, Headley had played all of his career home games in PETCO Park, which is quite arguably the worst hitter’s park in all of MLB. He should continue to find Yankee Stadium to be more hitter friendly, especially when he is batting from the left side of the plate.
Lastly, even though the Yankees’ starting rotation has been decimated by injuries and a few of their big offseason acquisitions have underperformed, they are still very much in contention. If Headley can hit the way that he is capable of, he will give the Yankees an impact bat that has the ability to help them win games and make up ground down the stretch. Acquiring Headley has certainly looked like a solid move for the Yankees up to this point, and look for him to make a bigger splash in the Bronx this summer and help the Yankees make a push toward October.