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.