Chase Headley has been just what the doctor ordered in New York. Headley came over from the San Diego Padres and immediately helped with an infield defense that was severely lacking. Headley took over the hot corner and has played Gold Glove defense over there replacing the revolving door of Kelly Johnson, Yangervis Solarte, and others. Headley also played first base out of necessity on Monday in place of the dizzy Mark Teixeira and filled in admirably. Headley actually almost looked comfortable over at first base and could be a legitimate backup for Teixeira with the addition of Martin Prado.
Headley played shortstop in college and could back up for Derek Jeter at short or Stephen Drew at second if need be in a pinch. Headley came up as a left fielder in spacious San Diego and could easily translate into an outfielder in New York if need be as well. Headley has not excelled with the bat like some would have hoped for but his presence alone helps.
Headley is a switch hitter that along with Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira brings us closer to the glory days of when it was such a headache to matchup with the Yankees because of the numerous switch hitters. Headley can get it done with the bat and genuinely looks like he wants to be here, and that counts for a lot in my book. Headley adds versatility, flexibility, professionalism, and may be just what the doctor ordered for 2014 and beyond for the New York Yankees.