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Open Discussion: What is Chase Headley Worth? 

Chase Headley

As the Padres and Josh Byrnes continue to put together a World Series team this winter, the big question still is… What are they going to do with Chase Headley.  Those of you that have been with us for a while will remember that I said you trade him or sign him, but can’t sit on him.  Why?  Because of a situation like this.

Headley is heading into his last season of team control and it will likely be his last with the team.  The question fans have is how much is Chase Headley worth.  The reality is that Chase is worth what the market will give him, which likely is more than the Padres are willing to offer.   Here’s what we know about Headley, he isn’t the guy that put up MVP numbers, nor is he the player that struggled to hit his weight at the beginning of 2013 coming off an injury.

So who is Headley?  Let’s take a quick look at the last three seasons after removing the outliers.

2011 – .289/.374/.399 (113 games – 381 Abs – 33 XBH)

2012 – .267/.368/.413 (86 games – 315 Abs – 29 XBH) 1st half

2013 – .280/.371/.458 (59 games – 214 Abs – 25 XBH) 2nd half

Last three seasons total (with outliers)

11-13 – .274/.366/.439 (415 games – 1505 Abs – 147 XBH)

holidayHe will enter 2014 at the age of 29 and has a gold glove in his locker.  Lastly, hate to point out the obvious, but he plays half his games at Petco National Park, so his offensive numbers are suppressed.

Headley plays great defense, he’s a leader in the clubhouse, and he plays in a ballpark that suppresses offense.   We also know that Headley strikes out too much, he struggled to drive runners in last year, and he has dealt with some injuries the last couple seasons.

So what is a player worth that has great character, great defense at a premium position and is going to put a line together around .275/.370/.430 with 50 XBH’s?

  • 31 year old Jhonny Peralta  coming off of a PED suspension signed a 4 year – $52MM deal with the Cardinals.
  • 31 year old utility man Omar Infante signed a 4 year – $30MM deal with the Royals.

The bigger question for Padres fans is… Are the Padres willing to pay a player they developed fair market value?   Let’s save that for another discussion.

Given the market, what do you think Headley is worth on the open market?



About the author: Steve Adler

Steve is the founder of A native San Diegan, he grew up watching Dan Fouts and Tony Gwynn. A former sports talk show host, but always a fan of the Padres and Chargers.

  • Rob

    As I am sure most of the readers of this article are, I am a lifelong San Diego
    Padres fan. I love the team no matterwhat product is on the field. It is like
    falling in love with the cute girl in High School who put on a freshman 70 in college. What are you going to do, love is love. I feel the Padres are at the point, they have two options.. Option One.. they are going t have to accept what they see when they look in the mirror, an
    overweight, pimple infested, bucktooth, hairy, cousin of the late John Candy…. or
    they are going to have to get a gym membership, change what they see, and spend some money…. I am not going to sit here and talk about past letting San Diego native Adrian Gonzales go to the Red Soxs for players who are not out of the organization or not at the big league level yet.. Let’s just answer the question that has been given.. what should the Padres do with Chase Headley.. How about sign him to a long term contract and keep the talented 3rd basemen! There is a reason why teams like the Yankees are interested in him. He is a clubhouse leader, a solid 3rd basemen, and great for the organization. You can build a team around Chase for the next 7-10 years. So, my question to pose to the Padres…. When
    you look in the mirror.. what do you want to see?

  • ballybunion

    I think he’s worth a bit more than Peralta over the next 3-4 years, maybe $15-$18 million/year the way MLB salaries are going, but he wants five years. But the real question is what do Chase and his agent think he’s worth? I suspect it’s considerably more, but they’re basing their calculation on what the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, or Red Sox will pay. Those places might not be the best ones for him, but he has to make the decision of best place to play or the money. If Yankees tradition couldn’t keep Cano, how can Padres tradition (and Petco) hold onto Headley? Only Chase and his agent can say.

  • Jemattox

    Padres need to offer him a long term deal and it needs to happen before the season starts–I want no injuries and no distractions this season. It needs to be 5 years and at least 60 mil or I think it will be disregarded. I think we will see a good comeback this season and 3rd without Headley just doesn’t have the same protection, seems to have holes over there that only Chase knows about.