Chase Headley Rumors: Padres to Keep Headley?

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 6: Chris Nelson #10 of the Colorado Rockies is tagged out at third base by Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Petco Park on June 6, 2011 in San Diego, California. Nelson tried to stretch a double. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

In spite of heightened interest, the San Diego Padres may wait to trade third baseman Chase Headley until the offseason, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

While it was rumored earlier this week that San Diego was "all but sure" to trade the coveted third baseman, and discussions were "heating up" as recently as yesterday morning, it is not certain the Padres will move Headley before tomorrow's 3pm deadline.

At least five teams---the Orioles, Indians, Pirates, Athletics and Yankees---have been in discussions for the third baseman, but it is possible that more teams would join the fray during the offseason. A source has told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports the team will decide today whether or not to deal Headley.

With top prospect Jedd Gyorko waiting in the wings to take over third base duties, it seems likely the Friars will move Headley sooner rather than later. The 28-year-old Headley is hitting .265/.359/.422 in 101 games this year and is under team control through the 2014 season.

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Will Chase Headley still be a Padre Wednesday morning?

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