Jul 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) runs after hitting a RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Interest in Padres Chase Headley Grows

With the Toronto Blue Jays losing 8 of their last 10 games, the trade rumours involving the team have once again heated up. Add in the injury to Edwin Encarnacion, the lingering effects of Jose Bautista‘s sore hamstring’s, plus the teams overall offensive swoon and you can see why the myriad of problems has the Blue Jays linked to trade rumours.

One of the names heavily linked to the Blue Jays recently is San Diego Padres third basemen Chase Headley. Fox Sports analysts Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that talks between the two teams have increased since some within the Jays brass feel their biggest need is a bat, not pitching.

With Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos proclaiming that he would prefer to trade for “rental players” back in May to Peter Gammons, Headley would appear to be an ideal candidate for the Blue Jays with his contract up at season’s end.

Although Headley has not hit the ball very well since his monster 2012 campaign, he is still a great third basemen defensively. The other upside of potentially acquiring Headley is that he will allow Brett Lawrie to move over to second base full-time - filling a visible hole for Toronto.

Headley himself has admitted that he has struggled at the plate this season, but a recent change of his grip might have helped him right the ship according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

Or maybe just a change of scenery to a contender would further spark him at the plate? Hitting in front of, or behind the likes of Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacaion would almost certainly excite any player in the MLB. But for a player like Headley, an increase of runners on base would more than likely change the way pitchers approach him. With runners on base, Headley would more than likely see more fastballs on a regular basis.

But is Headley the only player Toronto is interested in from San Diego?

What about starting pitcher Ian Kennedy? Kennedy is set to become a free agent at year’s end and could he be part of a package with Headley if the Jays desired. Or maybe relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit intrigues the interest of the Blue Jays front office? Either way, the Padres seem like a perfect trade partner for the struggling Blue Jays.

With the New York Yankees roster ravaged by injuries again, you can bet that they will be kicking the tires on Chase Headley too in the coming weeks. While the Yankees don’t boast the same kind of assets the Blue Jays do, acquiring a player like Chase Headley is something both organizations are more than capable of doing. But with the AL East slipping away from the Blue Jays each day, the pressure will be on Toronto – not New York – to make a move sooner, rather than later.

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  • Scott MacLean

    Headley not the anwer to right the ship nor are hill or prado go get beltre and price or kiss this season goodbye they may have waited too long already get those 2 players and if next year were out of it by deadline we start fire sale Bautista Edwin melky Lind beltre buerley dickey price would load the system with some of the best prospects out there after trading those 8 players we would clean up at deadline day

    • Chris Okrainetz

      I agree with you that Headley is in all likelihood not the answer, the cost to get a Beltre or Price would be extremely high. It would require a top end prospect like Stroman or Sanchez, plus a mid level and a futures guy like Dalton Pompey. Would be a steep cost for a player not signed here long-term.
      At 35 years old and with 1 year left on his deal, Beltre is not really an ideal candidate either for the Jays imo. Especially since he is a Scott Boras client too and the Jays have a troublesome history with Boras clients to say the least – look at Paxton a few years back.

      I love the “win now” approach personally since the core of EE, Bautista, Reyes and Dickey are not getting any younger, but if we have learned anything from AA’s comments earlier in the year, ownership is apparently “tight” on the books and a mega deal looks like merely a fan’s dream sadly.

      Thanks for the read and I appreciate the comments Scott!

      • Scott MacLean

        Your welcome I enjoyed the article I also feel that being a boras client is huge obstacle but I think Jimenez and maybe a lower level prospect could get beltre Texas is dying for catching and with money he’s owed they won’t get much more IMO but price will cost and if they aren’t willing to do what it takes for a player of prices caliber than they already gave up and are not in win now mode so if that’s the case they might as well keep all good prospects and get some more top level prospects with what we have to trade some guys will never be worth more than they are this year I think next 2 weeks if we’re still struggling let the fire sale begin I hope not though would love them to make playoffs this year chat at you again later take care and go jays

        • Chris Okrainetz

          Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

          That would be fantastic if we got him for that cost, but I feel that they will want more than that. Jimenez, our trio of young arms and Dalton Pompey down in A ball are our best assets at the moment; It would probably take 2 of them minimum, to land an elite level player like Price.

          I agree with your logic in regards to “paying the price”. There hesitance to pursue players like that makes you wonder how much control ownership really has on this team. Maybe AA is handcuffed because of it? Guess we’ll find out in the coming weeks.

  • http://www.tipofthetower.com William Wilson

    They gotta do something… If they continue to falter, however, it might actually make sense to sell. This team was built to compete in the present, not the future. Janssen, Buehrle, Dickey, Happ, Bautista, Encarnacion, Cabrera, Rasumus, Lind – all of these guys could fetch a handsome price if the Jays commit to a complete rebuild now. They’d also have the opportunity to get a huge jump start on the Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles for the years ahead.