In the first big move of the trade deadline, the New York Yankees have acquired 3B Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres. They will send 3B Yangervis Solarte, as well as minor league pitcher Rafeal De Paula, over to San Diego in the deal.
The Yankees make the move hoping Headley will help boost a struggling offense. The Yankees are only 21st in the league in runs, and besides Jacoby Ellsbury, none of their big off season acquisitions have paid off. Brain McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Kelly Johnson have all hit under .250 thus far, and none of them has more than 10 homeruns.
Chase Headley hasn’t had too much success of his own though, as he is hitting only .229, with seven homeruns. The Yankees hope the change of scenery, along with a much more hitter friendly ballpark, will help get Headley back on track.
Headley has been involved in trade talks ever since his breakout 2012 season where he led the league with 115 RBI, as well as 31 homeruns and a .376 on base percentage. He struggled last year though, and has continued to struggle into this year.
Yankees are mostly likely not done making moves, as they have major holes in their starting rotation with CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova being shelved for the year, and Masahiro Tanaka possibly joining them soon.
As for the Padres, they were already the worst offense in the league, being dead last in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. The move continues the apparent fire sale the Padres are having, after they already sent closer Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Padres don’t have many more pieces to deal, but could maybe get something for SS Everth Cabrera, SP Ian Kennedy, or RP Joaquin Benoit. They have already acquired some good pieces in both of their deals, and could definitely benefit by taking a few more prospects back before the deadline.
It seems as if the Padres have been in rebuilding mode for a long time, as they can never hold on to the players they get. At some point, they are going to need to stop rebuilding and get something working.
Overall, this was a good deal for both teams. Yankees get a guy they have been trying to acquire for a while, as well as an answer to who will replace A Rod, without having to give up too much. For the Padres, they manage to salvage something from Headley, who just wasn’t working out in San Diego.