The San Diego Padres have placed third baseman Chase Headley on revocable trade waivers, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman notes that Headley is not a free agent until after next season and is only owed $8.575 million, meaning that there is a decent chance that he will be claimed.
Headley, 29, has hit only .237 with 8 HR and 35 RBI in 110 games with San Diego on the season. His numbers this season are disappointing in comparison to his 2012 campaign, when a .286 average, 31 HR and 115 RBI helped Headley finish fifth in the voting for NL MVP. Due to his age and potential, many teams will likely show interest in Headley now that he is available on the waiver wire.
The Padres were expected to be sellers at the trade deadline, but instead opted to acquire Ian Kennedy from the Diamondbacks and hold on to assets like Headley, Huston Street, Luke Gregerson, Chris Denorfia and Edinson Volquez. Headley is a prime candidate to be dealt this offseason, but his status on revocable trade waivers means that a contender in search of a third baseman could claim him and make an offer in an effort to acquire him for the last month of the season.
The Yankees have shown consistent interest in Headley over the past couple of years, but the return of Alex Rodriguez and recent signing of Mark Reynolds likely mean that they will not put in a claim on Headley this month. If Headley stays in San Diego through the end of the season and is made available in trade talks this winter, the Yankees are among many teams expected to show interest in acquiring him.
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