Padres trade rumors: Chase Headley talks with Blue Jays "ongoing"

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Jays are looking for infield help, and Headley is available on the trade market.

The Padres and Blue Jays are engaged in "ongoing" discussions about a trade involving Chase Headley, according to a report from Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. It is unclear how serious the discussions are, but the Jays are clearly prioritizing adding infield help with Headley in mind as a top target.

Headley, 30, is hitting .217 with 6 HR and 25 RBI in 67 games with the Padres this season. Despite his offensive struggles, he has drawn significant trade interest from the Yankees and Jays, and is expected to be one of the Padres who is dealt before the trade deadline.

Toronto, who is intensifying their pursuit of infield help following the injury to Edwin Encarnacion, has been linked to Headley and Diamondbacks Martin Prado and Aaron Hill in recent days. The club is known to be looking for upgrades over Munenori Kawasaki and Juan Francisco while Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie rehab from injuries.

In eight seasons with the Padres, Headley is a lifetime .265 hitter with 86 HR and 394 RBI. His best season came in 2012, when he hit .286 with 31 HR and 115 RBI in 161 games.

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