The Yankees have been hot after Chase Headley for about a year now. Brian Cashman loves switch hitters as much as he loves skydiving and breaking up his mistresses' marriage. The issue has always been that the Yankees have a terrible farm system and weren't willing to part with anything of significant value.
Now that the Yankees have given Ellsbury a very Yankee-like contract, several people in the media are discussing the potential of the Yankees trading Brett Gardner to fill the hole at 3B, 2B, or add more power to the OF. The Yankees don't need both Gardner and Ellsbury in the same lineup and they need to figure something out to fix their infield. Naturally Chase Headley makes sense for them, but does Brett Gardner make sense for us?
If Gardner were a Padre we could expect an average somewhere between .260-.270, with a lot of speed. He's someone who could easily bat 2nd in our lineup and provide defense every bit as good as Cameron Maybin's. Gardner is a Gold Glove caliber Center Fielder which would be a huge value for our team.
He's a free agent for 2015 (more reason why NYY will try to pawn him off) so we'd have to resign him quickly. I'm not sure what sort of money he'll be looking for, but he doesn't have a lot of power so I can't see him getting priced outside of what we can afford.
Personally, if it's inevitable that Chase Headley is eventually gone, I feel as though adding a piece like Brett Gardner is the perfect move. He may not be a .300 hitter, but putting him in a lineup after Everth could create some really great scenarios for Jedd Gyorko, Carlos Quentin, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Will Venable, or whoever is batting 3-5 in our lineup. If we could get Garnder and maybe a prospect for Headley, I think it'd make the Padres a better team in 2014 and beyond.
Anyone else have any thoughts on this?