The San Diego Padres are starting to listen to offers for
third baseman Chase Headley, according to Bill Madden of The New York Daily
Headley has been the center of much trade talk for the past
season-plus. The 28-year-old broke onto the scene last year, hitting
.286/.376/.498 with 31 doubles and 31 home runs over 699 plate appearances.
Headley is under team control through 2015, as he will
continue to be arbitration-eligible. After earning $3.475 million in 2012,
Headley’s impressive performance earned him a pay increase up to $8.575 million
It’s not a sure bet that the Padres will eventually trade
Headley. San Diego has talked of its interest in retaining the third baseman by
signing him to a long-term contract extension.
However, if he continues his production this year and
becomes one of the most coveted bats on the market, the Padres may consider
flipping him in order to expedite their rebuilding effort.
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