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NL West Rumor Mill: 7/17/13 

Yankees Inquire About Headley

Yesterday, the New York Yankees contacted the San Diego Padres about a potential deal for star third basemen Chase Headley. Don’t get too excited though folks, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, “there wasn’t a deal to be made.”

If Headley is to be traded, the Padres are looking for a special prospect in return. The Yankees have some intriguing prospects like catcher Gary Sanchez and outfielder Mason Williams, but most believe that they don’t posses the type of high-caliber prospect the Padres are looking for. 

It sounds like the Padres want a Manny Machado/Mike Trout type of prospect. The problem is I don’t think the perfect trade partner is available right now. If a trade were to be made though, I could see the Pittsburgh Pirates possibly getting a deal done. They have four very intriguing prospects: right-handers Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, infielder Alen Hanson, and outfielder Gregory Polanco. Cole might be off limits, but the others should be available.

The Pirates currently have a talented young third basemen in Pedro Alvarez. He has a powerful left-handed swing and a strong arm, but he does strike-out more than they would like, and he has a career average of .240 with an on-base percentage of .311. The Pirates might consider involving him in deal for Headley, but if not, they would probably move him to first base and slide current first basemen Garrett Jones to the right field.

Who knows though? Headley may never be traded, but if he is, who do you think the Padres would trade with and for what prospects? Leave your thoughts below.

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About the author: Brad Beattie

San Diego born and raised. Love the Padres, the Chargers, and all things (for the most part) San Diego. Will continue to follow San Diego sports through both the ups and down, and I hope to hear your opinions as you follow them too.

  • Gabriel J. Piña

    We don’t need prospests……we need pitchers who can last more than 6 innings, and hitters that can get more than 1 a game and be able to hit with runners on base. We need players to go on the field today and help us win the west.

  • Ideally at some point the cycle of trading major league talent for prospects will stop, but contending teams aren’t going to take away from the major league roster while they try to make a run.

    By acquiring more minor league talent, the Padres will help put themselves in a position to put together packages to acquire major league talent in the off-season. That may sound like like bizarro world, but the FA class isn’t great (again), and the team needs to do something.