The Yankees have begun negotiations on a new contract with free agent third baseman Chase Headley, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman also says that Headley, who was traded to the Yankees in July, reportedly likes being in New York more than some expected.
Headley, 30, may not be the same player that put up .875 OPS and league-leading 115 RBI's in 2012 but he still plays an elite third base defense. Also, he hit better in Bronx - 119 OPS+ in 58 games as opposed to 90 OPS+ in 77 games for the Padres. His lack of power may be disappointing but if he can produce similar offensive attributes as he did with the Yankees while playing great defense, he will keep the team happy.
Contrary to Pablo Sandoval, the other big-name third baseman in free agency, Headley is unlikely to cost around $100 million to lock up. Per Heyman's article, New York likes Sandoval but "they are also quite comfortable with Headley." Headley seems like a way to go for the team if they also want to target big name starters like Max Scherzer, Jon Lester or James Shields.