Latest On Chase Headley: Market Heating Up

SAN DIEGO CA - SEPTEMBER 10: 3rd Baseman Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres fields the ball for an out against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game on September 10 2010 at Petco Park in San Diego California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

While the San Diego Padres don't need to trade third baseman Chase Headley, Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports write the market is heating up and has increased to the point Padres GM Josh Byrnes may receive an offer too good to pass up.

The Orioles, Indians, Pirates and Athletics are among the teams that have spoken with the Padres about Headley, and now the Yankees are lurking after the injury to third baseman Alex Rodriguez, major-league sources say.

The Pirates are searching for a corner outfield bat and could dangle prospect Starling Marte in trade talks. Ironically enough, Marte is an outfielder but the Pirates are looking to use their farm system to bolster their team at the big league level.

While the Yankees may be in the mix, I'm not sure if they should be considered a serious suitor. I don't believe the Yankees would be willing to pay the steep price in terms of prospects for Headley and end up moving him to right field once Rodriguez returns. He's one of the best defenders at the hot corner and has struggled to play the outfield in the past.

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