Padres Trade Rumors: Headley to Stay?

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 18: Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres hits an RBI double during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Petco Park on June 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Padres Might Wait for Winter to Deal Headley

In spite of heightened interest, the San Diego Padres may wait to trade third baseman Chase Headley until the off-season, reports Buster Olney of ESPN:

While it was rumored earlier this week that San Diego was "all but sure" to trade the coveted third baseman, and discussions were "heating up" as recently as yesterday morning, it is not certain the Padres will move Headley before tomorrow's 3pm deadline.

At least five teams -- the Orioles, Indians, Pirates, Athletics and Yankees -- have been in discussions for the third baseman, but it is possible that more teams would join the fray during the off-season. A source has told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports the team will decide today whether or not to deal Headley.

With top prospect Jedd Gyorko waiting in the wings to take over third base duties, it seems likely San Diego will move Headley sooner rather than later. The 28-year-old Headley is hitting .265/.359/.422 in 101 games this year and is under team control through the 2014 season.

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