June 24, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) throws to first base against the Seattle Mariners at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
With A-Rod down, there are a lot of reasons why NYY pursuit of Chase Headley could make sense. Could be part of 1B/3B/DH mix going forward.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 25, 2012
Olney believes Headley could be a part of the Yankees first base/third base/designated hitter mix going forward.
The Padres are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Headley, but he doesn’t figure to come cheap. He’s been targeted by multiple teams this summer, which would only increase San Diego’s asking price.
The 28-year-old won’t reach free agency until after the 2014 season. He’s hit at a clip of .265/.360/.422 with 21 doubles, 11 home runs and 50 RBIs this season and owns a career OPS of .742.
If the Yankees would rather go a cheaper route, Joel Sherman of The New York Post speculates the club could look to Philadelphia Phillies infielder Ty Wigginton. Sherman says the Phillies could look to shed salary by dealing Wigginton, who would provide New York with a platoon stopgap option at third to pair with Eric Chavez:
Initial reports have Rodriguez out six-to-eight weeks. The Yankees have corner infielders Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira tied up for the foreseeable future at $20 million-plus per season.
Should the Yankees target Wigginton or Headley?