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Padres, Yankees Reach Deal on Headley, Solarte 

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The San Diego Padres and New York Yankees have reached a deal for veteran third baseman Chase Headley in exchange for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and RHP prospect Rafael De Paula. The Padres will also be sending $1 million to the Yankees along with the deal.

Headley, an 8-year veteran in the majors, has spent his entire career in San Diego having made his debut back in 2007. Over his 8 seasons in the majors, Headley has posted a .266/.346/.410 line with 401 RBI and 87 Homeruns over that time.

Headley was a 2nd Round draft pick out of the 2005 MLB draft and has become a fan favorite over time. Headley is perhaps best known for his career numbers in 2012, when he led the entire National League in RBI (115) and was awarded his first Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger. Headley also finished the 2012 season with 31 homeruns and a .286/.376/.498 line.

Headley has been the talk of many speculative trade rumors since the end of the 2012 season, with many fans and sports pundits alike believing that he would be better suited in a smaller stadium that is more friendly to hitters as opposed to pitchers. With today’s announcement, all speculation can be put to rest as Headley has finally found a new field to roam.

In exchange for Headley, the Padres will be receiving rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte. The 27-year old Solarte made his major league debut with the Yankees this last April, and since then has appeared at Third-Base, Second-Base, and Shortstop.

Solarte has posted a .254/.337/.381 line in 75 games so far, along with 6 homeruns and 31 RBI. Solarte signed as an amateur free agent with the Minnesota Twins back in 2005 where the team scouted Solarte out of Carabobo, Venezuela.

The last player in the deal, Rafael De Paula, is a young 23-year old pitching prospect who started playing professional baseball with the Yankees organization back in 2012. Since his debut in minor league baseball, De Paula has posted a career 21-12 record with a 3.58 ERA over various levels of play. This season with the Advanced-A Tampa Yankees, De Paula has a 6-5 record with a 4.15 ERA with 104 strikeouts and 38 walks.

While the deal has not been formerly announced by the San Diego Padres or New York Yankees organizations themselves, several outlets are already reporting the deal. The official announcement is expected sometime later today, meaning Headley will be heading to New York instead of the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

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Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!

  • ballybunion

    The last two months of 2012 basically ended Headley’s Padres career. He was trade bait that year, and after the deadline passed without a trade, he went wild the last two months. After that, his price (and unwillingness to let his agents negotiate during the season) made an extension impossible.

    His under-performance the last two years assured that the Padres would get very little for him, as the miracle two months receded from memory. I doubt he really ever wanted to stay here for his career. As with Adrian, it wasn’t just money: Petco is a curse that keeps on cursing.

    Now he’s gone, and the soap opera has been cancelled. That’s good news for the new GM, if there are no other moves to be made. The top-five pitching staff is intact, and he/she can work on acquiring league average run production in the off-season.