The invisible general manager of the San Diego Padres struck again Tuesday, trading third baseman Chase Headley to the New York Yankees for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula. That's right: Headley Lamar is going back to Broadway!
Headley is the second major piece moved by the Padres in recent days, despite the team being in the middle of the interviewing process for a GM after Josh Byrnes was fired a month ago. The Friars also traded closer Huston Street to the Angels, and reportedly are looking to movie reliever Joaquin Benoit.
This led Pirates blogger Patrick Lackey to say on Twitter:
I wonder if the Padres are having their GM candidates make trades.— Pat Lackey (@whygavs) July 22, 2014
Like, "You trade Street, you trade Benoit, you trade Headley, you trade Kennedy. Whoever does best gets the job."— Pat Lackey (@whygavs) July 22, 2014
What a revolutionary interview process, if true.
As for the Yankees, who have a 50-48 record, they had been using the likes of Solarte and Kelly Johnson (and perhaps even Graig Nettles) at the hot corner, with mediocre-at-best results. Headley improves them at third base, even if he's not at peak performance anymore or ever again.
Headley, 30, batted .229 with seven homers and a .651 on-base plus slugging average in 307 plate appearances for the Padres, who were paying him $10.53 million. A few injuries, along with playing home games at cavernous Petco Park, put a hurt on Headley's stats, but the metrics on his defense this season are sound and he did have a tremendous 2012, batting .286/.376/.498 with 31 of his 87 career home runs.
Here's what he looks like in pinstripes:
Nice photo illustration, but the ginger beard will have to go, with Boss George Steinbrenner watching from above/wherever.
Headley won't be a candidate for a $14-15 million qualifying offer before he hits free agency in the offseason because he was traded midseason. The Padres say they weren't interested in bringing him back for that price. Perhaps life in a pennant race, along with Yankee Stadium's friendly hitting confines, will help him accumulate appealing stats to future suitors, even the Yankees (unless not, because Alex Rodriguez is coming back).
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said that Headley was eligible for a qualifying offer at season's end. H/N: @c4mica on Twitter.]
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