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Chase Headley Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Interested

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They're not considered the favorites, but the Philadelphia Phillies are in the running to acquire San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

"Two other teams to watch as the deadline approaches in the conversation about Chase Headley: the Baltimore Orioles and the Phillies. Headley would cost Philadelphia a good package of prospects, but he would give the Phillies an everyday third baseman under team control through 2014, and on a team loaded with enormous salaries, he'd be relative cheap, for something in the range of $6 million next year."

Olney also mentioned the Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates as teams interested in Headley. Olney's collegue Jason Stark wrote that Headley is now the best available position player on the market, and added the Cleveland Indians to the list of teams that have show interest in the 28-year-old switch hitter.

The Phillies are 14.5 games back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East and 10.5 back in the Wild Card. Many speculated the team was on the verge of a fire sale before they signed Cole Hamels to a massive extension.

Headley is hitting .265/.360/.424 with 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 50 runs and 10 stolen bases in 100 games for the Padres this season. Playing half his games at pitcher-friendly Petco Park has skewed his numbers, however, as Headley's slash line on the road is a much more impressive .272/.374/.489.

Headley is making $3.4 million this season, is arbitration elligible at the end of the season and won't hit free agency until 2015.


Would it makes sense for the Phillies to trade for Chase Headley?