Thursday, July 18, 2013
Yanks' Headley alternatives
By Jason A. Churchill
Chase Headley's name has been tossed around as a potential trade target for the last year or more, and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that the New York Yankees called the San Diego Padres to inquire about the switch-hitting third baseman's availability. Apparently, they were told Headley isn't going anywhere.
The Padres still may prefer to extend the contract of Headley, or perhaps they just aren't ready to discuss trading him. If contact talks don't go well between now and, say, the Winter Meetings, they could shop Headley then. He will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season.
The Yankees, as a result, will have to look elsewhere if they want to add a hitter and make a run this season. Other possibilities include Seattle's Kendrys Morales, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins slugger Josh Willingham and perhaps Michael Cuddyer if the Colorado Rockies turn into sellers.
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