Chase Headley's days with the Padres are likely numbered

May 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (left) and shortstop Everth Cabrera watch as a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) (not pictured) go down the third base line for a triple that scored one run during the fifth inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Padres have been insistent that they do not have to make a trade. Yet they also know that Chase Headley's value is at its peak. If they were to trade him, now would be the time when they'd get the most value in return. The Padres are very pleased with prospect Jedd Gyorko and see him as Headley's heir apparent.

ESPN Trade Rumors

With so many suitors -- a number that could grow beyond six before July 31 -- the Padres are sitting pretty. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark adds fuel to that fire, too, tweeting that it's unlikely the Brewers move Aramis Ramirez, further thinning the third base market.

Headley would benefit from a trade:

"I don't play this game for recognition, but in San Diego you don't get any,'' Headley said. "None.

"And you hit in a big ballpark and see other players playing in other ballparks and you know you're comparable or maybe even better.

But would the Padres?

The questions remain. Is it wise to trade the team's best player for an unproven talent at the Major League level? When does the rebuilding stop? I was hoping that the Padres would have brought up Gyorko as a utility infielder to at least get an idea of how he'll play at the next level before they decide on Chase's future, but with the trade deadline looming there may not be time.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Chase Headley 90 331 41 88 20 1 10 45 51 92 10 4 .266 .364 .423


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