Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Yankees Will Stay At Three Years For Chase Headley

Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees are not willing to give Chase Headley an offer above three years.

It's entirely possible that this is just posturing, as I'm willing to bet that it's going to take at least a four year offer to sign Headley, because there's plenty of competition for the third baseman. You have the Giants who just lost Pablo Sandoval to Boston, then there's the Indians, Blue Jays, and Padres showing interest.

While Chase is a couple years older than Sandoval, who just got a five year contract, the two are not that different when it comes to producing on the field. Headley had an OPS+ of 119 in 58 games with the Yankees, while Sandoval's OPS+ this past season was 111. In fact, if teams could be confident that Headley's injury woes would stay in the past, then a five year deal could certainly happen.

Furthermore, Headley turned down a three year extension with the Padres last spring. That doesn't mean that a three year offer definitely won't work, as Chase may have turned down San Diego's offer in order to try and catch on with a contender, but it strengthens my feeling that he's looking for at least four years this offseason.

If the Yankees do pass on Headley, then they could simply slide Martin Prado over to third base, and allow Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela to man second, which doesn't sound like the worst idea. However, due to the team's offensive woes this past season, I'd feel better with battle-proven players like Headley and Prado as regulars in the lineup over Prado and Refsnyder/Pirela.

No thanks, Alex.

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