Chase Headley Traded Years After Trade Talks Start
Chase Headley’s name has been involved in July trade talks almost since the beginning of the trade deadline. Okay, slight exaggeration. But with the Padres frequently struggling, and Chase Headley frequently playing well, common thought was the Padres should max-out on Headley’s value because they won’t be able to re-sign him when the time comes.
Well, the Padres finally moved Headley right before he’s set to hit the open market. They just did it one year–if not two years–too late.
Headley is now 30 and hitting just .229 on the season. Two years ago, Headly hit .286 with 31 homers and a league-leading 115 RBI. A package for that player with two years left on his contract would’ve brought back real difference makers in the organization.
Instead, the Padres waited untl they were trading the .229, 7 home runs, 32 RBI version of Headley. He still hits the open market at season’s end.
In the end, the Padres received Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula. Solarte started off hitting .336 in May, but just .180 since. He was recently sent down to Triple-A. De Paula isn’t a top-20 Yankees prospect.
The long season just got longer in San Diego.