The ongoing negotiations between Chase Headley and the San Diego Padres may soon be coming to an end - and they may end in a deal that benefits both sides. After seeming hesitant to sign Headley long-term, the Padres are ready to offer him a big contract. Like all-time big.
Corey Brock of MLB.com says Padres' executive chairman Ron Fowler has given the team's GM Josh Byrnes authorization to negotiate a multi-year contract extension. And it sounds like the money Fowler has given Byrnes would allow the team to make Headley the highest-paid Padre of all-time.
"I made the comment that he would be the highest-paid player in club history," Fowler said. "I stand by that comment. But where the [$15 million per year] number came from … some reporter had it in the paper. I said something to the effect in that range, but we're not going to get into those numbers [publicly]."
Headley is still working his way back to normal after missing most of the beginning of the season with a featured thumb. Headley fractured his thumb during spring training when he jammed it on a bag while sliding. The injury kept him out until recently.
Since his return (a total of 12 games), Headley is still trying to find his swing. He is hitting .261/.364/.478 with 2 home runs. Last season was a breakout year for Headley. He clubbed 31 home runs and led the National League in RBI with 115. That will help drive his contract price up if he can start performing well again this season.
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