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July 23, 2014

Transaction Analysis

Headley Chased

by Sam Miller, Mike Gianella and Jeff Moore


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Reportedly traded SS-S Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula to the San Diego Padres for 3B-S Chase Headley and $1 million (7/22)

In the annals of Chase Headley rumors (see below), there are a lot of mentions, going back for years, of the Yankees. Mostly, it was writers speculating that the Yankees should be interested but noting that they hadn’t actually done anything to make a trade happen. Most recently, in January: “The team is not currently trying to work out a deal to bring Chase Headley over from the Padres.” But, every writer who ever posited a trade link between the Yankees and Headley screamed into his pillow, it would make so much sense! Alex Rodriguez was out, and nothing notable was in.

Instead the Yankees went with freely available options. If there was always something a little bit cocky about expecting Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and Solarte to cover two infield positions on a $200 million team, the Yankees did at least have strength in numbers; if just two of the three could handle the task, the club would be fine. Give the front office credit, six months later, for reassessing. With Headley now a lock for third base (assuming health), then Johnson and Roberts can form a strange sort of platoon. The switch-hitting Roberts, traditionally, has been better from the left side. The lefty-hitting Johnson, meanwhile, is one of the small handful of left-handed hitters in history with a reverse platoon split. I doubt it’ll happen, but we might get to see the ultrarare reverse-platoon in action.

Headley’s outlook is a bit more promising than it was a month ago. Since July 1st, he has put up a funny little .323/.323/.462 line that wouldn’t mean much except that roughly half of the balls he has put in play during that time have been line drives. That slash line includes seven lineouts in 15 games. Mike Napoli, by comparison, has hit six lineouts all year.

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