The Yankees are in agreement on a four-year, $52 million contract to bring back third baseman Chase Headley, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal was first reported as close by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com
Headley, 30, also drew interest from the Giants and Marlins this offseason, but returns to the Yankees, with whom he spent the last two and a half months of last season after being traded to New York before the trade deadline. He will provide long-term stability for the Yankees, who will try to use Alex Rodriguez as more of a designated hitter next season with Martin Prado serving as a backup.
Headley is the third major addition for the Yankees this winter, joining left-hander Andrew Miller, who signed a four-year, $36 million deal at the beginning of the month, and trade acquisition Didi Gregorius. Headley hit .262/.371/.398 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 58 games for the Bombers after the trade, and was thought to be atop the Yankees' priority list as they headed into the offseason.
In eight major league seasons with the Padres (2007-2014) and Yankees (2014), Headley is a lifetime .265/.347/.409 hitter with 93 home runs and 418 RBI. The best season of his career came in 2012, when a monster campaign led to a .286/.376/.498 line with 31 home runs and 115 RBI.