The Yankees are closing in on a deal for San Diego Padres third base Chase Headley, reports the YES Network's Jack Curry. ESPN's Andrew Marchand says that the Yankees will be sending Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula, who has spent the last couple of seasons in High-A Tampa, to the Padres.
Headley was with the Padres in Chicago, so we'll have to see if he's able to get to New York in time for tonight's game against the Texas Rangers.
Headley hasn't been great since 2012, when he hit .286 with 31 homeruns and 115 RBIs -- he's hitting just .229 with seven homeruns and 32 RBI this season -- but he's still a good switch-hitter that could turn things around in Yankee Stadium, compared to playing in the big, spacious Petco Park.
After turning 30-years-old in May, Headley will be a free-agent after the season, so even if the Yankees aren't able to re-sign him, they never really gave up in the first place. Great move by Brian Cashman for getting a potentially productive hitter for very little.
The Yankees have been interested in Headley for a couple of years, and they have finally gotten their man. It's a start in fixing this team, but there are still more moves to be made.
I would just like to thank the @Padres and the city of San Diego for the best years of my life. I'm excited to join the Yankee organization!
— Chase Headley (@ChaseHeadley7) July 22, 2014