The Padres are listening to offers on their third baseman Chase Headley. For most of the season, it was
unclear what San Diego would do with Headley. Now, it seems they have decided to trade him if the offer is right. One of the teams showing interest, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, are the Dodgers.
Heyman said, “The Padres are believed to be willing to consider making in-division trades, so the Dodgers and Diamondbacks can’t be ruled out.”
Headley is hitting .273/.373/.422 this season with 8 home runs. He hit 4 home runs all of last year. However, Headley has shown consistency at the plate in San Diego which is a rare trait. In his career, Headley has hit .269/.347/.396. He has a career OPS+ of 108.
San Diego seemed hesitant earlier in the year to committing to a trade involving Headley. They have Jedd Gyorko at Triple-A, but the club experimented with moving Gyorko to second base. This turned out to be more out of necessity, but it seemed at the time it was to accommodate both Gyorko and Headley on the same roster at some point. Now, San Diego seems ready to part ways with Headley despite the fact that he is likely to be the Padres All-Star representative this year.
The Dodgers have used Elian Herrera, Juan Uribe, and Adam Kennedy. Acquiring Headley who provide the Dodgers with a big offensive boost. Dodger Stadium should provide Headley with as much trouble as Petco does either.
The Dodgers are one game back of the Giants now after spending the majority of the season in first place. They’ve struggled without Matt Kemp, but the team is clearly not conceding the season. They just signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a $42 million deal, and they are actively shopping the trade market.
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