The San Diego Padres have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Yankees. The Friars will also receive reliever Bryan Mitchell as well. The Yankees will receive outfielder Jabari Blash in return.
Chase Headley, who played for the Padres from 2007-2014, was traded during the 2014 season to the Yankees for Yangervis Solarte, who is still currently with the Padres. Headley had a great statistical season, hitting .273 with a .352 on base percentage. Headley arguably had one of his best seasons since his fantastic 2012 campaign, when he finished 5th in the NL MVP voting.
The Yankees have cleared up salary, now that the Padres will take on the remaining $13 million in Headley’s contract. New York is now approximately $30 million under the luxury tax, which will open up the opportunity to sign another starting pitcher, whom the Yankees are making a priority. It is known that the Bombers have been reaching out to long time Yankee CC Sabathia and also Alex Cobb. With the recent acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, it seems that the Yankees cannot afford an expensive pitching piece, such as Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta.
With the acquisition of Headley, the Padres could now look to trade other pieces, such as Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg or even Carlos Asuaje. Solarte, who primarily plays third base, is coming off a disappointing season after a great 2016 season. Spangenberg played most of his games at second base, and is a good platoon player against right handed pitchers. The shortstop Carlos Asuaje is coming off of a great looking season as well.
Jabari Blash, who is going to the Bronx, also was a solid platoon player a season ago. This may lead to the exit of veteran Jacoby Ellsbury. Expect this trade to lead to many others, given the fact that this was A.J. Preller’s first move since being extended in San Diego.