The San Diego Padres are making little progress with any trade offers they have gotten for third baseman Chase Headley, and they may wait until winter to make a more serious effort, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday on Twitter.
To this moment,Padres aren’t far down the road in their Headley trade talks. Might table it to the winter,when more teams would be involved.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2012
The Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates have all expressed interest in acquiring Headley, the 28-year-old third baseman who is hitting .265 with 12 homers and 51 RBI this season. Headley’s 122 OPS+ puts him sixth among qualified third baseman, and he’s having a career year with the Padres.
Most recently, the Yankees emerged as a potential trade partner with the Padres because of third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s injury. The thinking is that Headley could replace Rodriguez in the short-term. In the long-term, the Yankees could plug Headley into right field next season and let current right fielder Nick Swisher walk as a free agent.
Headley is earning $3.475 million this season, his second in arbitration. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.