The Yankees have acquired Chase Headley from the Padres for Yangervis Solarte and Class A pitcher Rafael De Paula. San Diego will kick in a million bucks toward what's remaining of Headley's $11.5 million salary, according to a source.
What it means: The Yankees' offense has been the problem all season. Perhaps Headley can help, even though he hasn't been that great for a while. In 2012, he was fifth in the National League MVP voting with an OPS of nearly .900. Since then, he hasn't been nearly as good. In 2013, his OPS dropped to .747. This year, it is .651. He has not been hitting the ball hard, either.
Yankees 3B Chase Headley hard-hit rates the last 3 seasons 2012-- 24.5% 2013- 15.5% 2014- 13.2%
— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) July 22, 2014
Clearly, the Yankees hope that Headley, a free agent at the end of the year, will reach some of those old numbers on the back of his baseball card. If he does that, it means he has a lot of hits left in his bat.
San Diego Padres
Never Nervous, we hardly knew ye: Solarte was a tremendous story -- and player -- for the Yankees the first couple of months, hitting around .300 and leading the team in RBIs for a while. But the past two months, which included a trip to Triple-A, he has been less than a .200 hitter.
While he was something of a fan favorite, the Yankees took him off the scrap heap from Texas. He beat out Eduardo Nunez for the 25th spot on the roster and excelled from there. Considering where he started this year, as a nonroster invitee, to become an important piece in this deal is a win for the Yankees.
De Paula breakdown: De Paula is in Class A ball. He has some potential, but he is not considered a high-end prospect.
Impact on roster: With Mark Teixeira on the shelf, Kelly Johnson is at first base. When Teixeira is healthy, Headley's presence will further diminish Johnson's playing time. You have to wonder whether Johnson is going to make it the whole year on the roster. Zelous Wheeler also likely becomes a platoon player.
One thing to consider about Headley: He can play the outfield, too, which creates more options for Joe Girardi. Headley has played first base only one time in his MLB career, but that has never stopped the Yankees before.
Question: What do you think of the trade?