Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 7/17/13
The Dodgers have been very vocal about their desire to add a third baseman this summer. However, the trade market isn’t all that great. Beyond Aramis Ramirez and Michael Young, there hasn’t been one whisper of another solid third baseman being available this summer. Not that Ramirez and Young are either. The Dodgers have no need for a 37-year-old third baseman. Yes, this means you Aramis and Michael. Struggling veterans at the end of their careers isn’t a good fit for the Dodgers these days. We’ve got one of those already, his name is Juan Uribe. Looking around, I see one fit. Mind you, this is pure speculation combined with a bit of history on my part. For the last couple seasons the Dodgers have kicked around the idea of putting Chase Headley in Dodger blue, probably coming pretty close to pulling off a deal last summer, before they ended up trading for Hanley Ramirez. Here’s why it’s a good fit. Headley is only 29-years-old and he’s currently under contract until 2015, which would help solidify the hot corner for the Dodgers for the next couple of seasons.  Headley makes all kinds of sense for the Dodgers, he’s a huge defensive upgrade at third base. He currently ranks eleventh overall among MLB third baseman offensively, and that’s after his rough start to the 2013 season. Since 2011, Headley is among the elite ranking 5th overall among all third basemen offensively. Defensively, Headley ranks third overall among MLB third basemen, owning a .801 RZR, a 8.9 UZR while playing .727 innings. Headley has had a rough start to his 2013 season, hitting .229/.330/.359, with seven home runs, and 31 runs batted in heading into the second half. I tend to think he could improve those numbers outside Petco Park, especially inside Dodger Stadium, where over his career he has hit .318/.394/.513, with 12 doubles, six home runs, and 25 RBI in 175 plate appearances. I’m thinking the asking price is going to be steep for the Dodgers to acquire Headley. Joc Pederson and two or three other prospects  would do the trick. Zach Lee and Garrett Gould are two of the pitching prospects I am often seeing mentioned in trades that may go down in the next couple weeks, and really it will come down to how much money the Dodgers are willing to absorb from the Padres. Mattingly has primarily used a combination of Jerry Hairston Jr., Juan Uribe, and the departed Luis Cruz at the position leading up to the All-Star break. The Dodgers need for a third baseman is obvious, with the Dodgers ranking 16th in MLB with a combined .712 OPS. However, pulling off a deal with the NL West rival Padres will not be easy as the Padres aren’t going to slide any favors to the Dodgers, as they are in position to win the division this season. On top of all that you better believe the big hitters will be involved in talks to acquire Headley. Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, you know the list, and they will at least drive up the price on the Dodgers. Colletti may get another opportunity to put Headley in Dodger blue. If he does, strike first, and leave as much quality as possible down on the farm.   Related Posts:Colletti Shifting Focus To Chase Headley and Aramis RamirezNever Too Late To Put Headley In Dodger BlueDodgers, Padres Discussing Chase HeadleyJavy Guerra Exits World Baseball ClassicDodgers officially announce Justin Sellers as starting…
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