With less than two weeks until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the New York Yankees have started their search for more firepower for the second half, and for the second year in a row, they are interested in Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN has reported that the Yankees put in the call to the Padres asking about their third basemen, but for the second straight season, the Yankees were told that they aren't interested in dealing Headley.
Despite having a down season in 2013. Headley is considered to be the guy that San Diego wants to build their team around, as he normally hits for power and average. But he's only hitting .229 with seven home runs and 31 RBI this season.
It does make sense for the Yankees to inquire again on Headley, especially if anything happens to Alex Rodriguez and the Biogenesis case, but it's looking like Rodriguez will be back with the Yankees on Monday and will be their everyday third basemen. Headley could also play first base aside from third as well, which would have come in handy with Mark Teixeira out for the season with a wrist injury.
Headley has one more year left on his contract with the Padres and San Diego has been working to try and lock up Headley before he hits free agency, where he could really see a nice payday if he gets out of the grasp of the Padres, but thus far, the two sides aren't close on any deal being done.
Heyman did mention that Alfonso Soriano could be a bat that could interest the Yankees, although he doesn't fit their position needs as opposed to Headley, although the team could use him as a right-handed DH to platoon with Travis Hafner, who has been struggling since his hot start to the season.
If San Diego can't agree on an extension with Headley before he hits free agency, then in next summer's trade deadline, his contract becomes one of the most attractive ones to deal for, and you can expect the Yankees to be calling the Padres again looking to make a deal.
But for now, the Yankees search for bats and firepower on offense continues this summer.
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