One player who presents an intriguing possibility is Padres third baseman Chase Headley. The Yankees have inquired about Headley, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
Headley is coming off a career year with San Diego. The 28-year-old hit .286 with 31 home runs and an NL-leading 115 RBIs. Headley also posted career highs in on-base percentage (.376), slugging percentage (.498) and OPS (.875) while earning a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove.
Peter Gammons recently reported that Headley isn’t available, as he is under team control via arbitration for another two seasons. Perhaps the Padres’ insistence that they’re keeping him is just their way of gaining leverage in negotiations, though.
The Yankees desperately need help after being bit early and often by the injury bug. Alex Rodriguez was already slated to miss a big chunk of the season, and Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson have since suffered injuries.
Because Kevin Youkilis has the ability to play both third base and first base, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman can be flexible if he looks outside the organization for reinforcements.
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