Chase Headley Rumors: Market Heating Up

PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 01: Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres at bat during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 1 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Several teams are ratcheting up their interest in San Diego Padres' switch-hitting third baseman Chase Headley, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Chase Headley market remains hot, with the Dodgers, Pirates, Indians, Orioles, Diamondbacks and at least two other teams believed to have some level of interest in San Diego's switch-hitting third baseman.

The 28-year-old Headley is a rare commodity at the hot corner, hitting a very strong .271/.372/.421 with eight home runs on the season while also providing stellar defense.

Heyman reports the Padres have no problem trading Headley within the division, though they may have troubles sending him to Arizona because of executives recently switching teams.

Headley's strong numbers this season present just part of his trade value. His severe home/road splits over his career --an .811 OPS on the road compared to just a .666 OPS at home -- have several teams champing at the bit to take him away from PETCO Park for good. Headley is also under team control through 2014 and is making a very manageable $3.475 million this season.

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Where will Chase Headley be playing in August?

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