PHOENIX - APRIL 06: Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the major league baseball game at Chase Field on April 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Padres have no real desire to trade Headley, meaning it would take "a lot" to get him, but at this point—out of playoff contention before July—everything is on the table.
The 28-year-old, who is hitting .269/.373/.415 on the season, is only owed $3.475 million salary this year and still has two years of arbitration left before hitting the free agent market.
Heyman reports that many of the same teams that made inquiries into Kevin Youkilis—like Indians, Orioles, Diamondbacks, Pirates and Dodgers—will likely make a run for the much younger, cheaper and all-together more desirable Headley.
One of the most interesting aspects of Headley’s trade value is that he has some of the most striking home/road splits of any player in baseball. The 27-year-old is a career .235/.326/.341 hitter at Petco Park, but has hit a markedly better .300/.366/.444 away from his cavernous home field. Teams are likely champing at the bit to get Headley away from Petco Park on a full-time basis.