With all of the speculation of where Chase Headley was heading, no one expected the Yankees would have enough to acquire him. Most of the rumors that were thrown around were that Toronto were leading the pack to acquire the third baseman…apparently not! The Yankees swooped in and traded for the third baseman and a million dollars in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor leaguer Rafael De Paula.
Aside from the bat power the last few years (which should turn around with the dimensions of Yankee Stadium), his defense is a huge upgrade to the production that has been delivered. He is hitting .229 with seven home runs. Obviously, not great numbers but coming to New York and having a great supporting cast should help him see better pitches. Yankee Stadium is a much more hitter friendly park unlike PETCO park.
Now begs the question what does this trade mean for Alex Rodriquez? The Yankees could view Headley as a rental for this year or be interested in signing him long term. A-Rod will be pushing 41 years of age by the time he is scheduled to “return”. Who knows what kind of player A-Rod will be next year and whether or not the Yankees even want him back at this point. Making the trade for Headley would seem to indicate that they are willing to write A-Rod a check for the remaining $61 million he is owed and move on. Like I said Headley is ten years younger than A-Rod and still has a lot left in the tank. If you could re-sign Headley and A-Rod by some miracle comes back next year, he becomes the full time DH.
Solarte was a nice find out of spring training and seemed to be taking the league by storm. That was until he started to come back down to earth and started to struggle and was eventually sent down.
De Paula, never made an appearance in the big leagues.
The trade deadline is just over a week away so stay tuned.