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Yankees trade rumors: Chase Headley acquired by New York Yankees for Solarte

Chase Headley has likely played his last game for the Padres.
Chase Headley has likely played his last game for the Padres.
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New York Yankees trade rumors have the team acquiring third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres. These Yankees trade rumors also indicate that Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula were the cost of the deal. According to a report from ESPN on Tuesday (July 22), the Padres also will send $1 million to the Yankees in the deal to help pay the cost of his contract. At the end of the current season he will then become a free agent.

This is a quick-fix at third base for the Yankees and Headley will immediately become the starter there. He started struggling last season at the plate and that has continued deep into this season as well. Through the games on Monday (July 21), Headley has a batting average of just .229 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs on the season. It is a far cry from what he did for the Padres back in 2012, but that could be what the Yankees are hoping he can achieve again with a nice change of scenery.

During the 2012 MLB season, Chase Headley was an All-Star third baseman for the San Diego Padres. He had a .286 batting average, 31 home runs, and 115 RBIs to his credit. It suddenly looked like he was going to be the star player that the Padres needed, but he has struggled through slumps and injuries since that time. It cost the team a lot of trade value when his average dipped even further in 2014, but the Yankees decided that it was time to step up and take the risk.

Yangervis Solarte burst on the scene this year and quieted earlier New York Yankees trade rumors by finding a lot of success at the plate. He cooled off a lot since that point, though, and currently has a .254 batting average with six home runs and 31 RBIs to his credit. The Padres likely hope that he can find that swing again and he is an inexpensive option to play the infield and bring the team some value rather than losing Headley in free agency.