Here We Go Again?

You may have missed it.  Or, you may no longer care, which is much more healthy in my opinion.  Either way, A-Rod saw his suspension get reduced from 211 games to 162 games; it means he’ll to miss the 2014 season.

I don’t care to watch the A-Rod nonsense at all, except maybe as a rubbernecker driving by the scene of an accident.  You don’t want to look, but you can’t look away.  Now, apparently, Rodriguez is suing the MLBPA for ‘bad representation’, if I can paraphrase wildly.  Tony Clark, late of the Padres and now the head of the Player’s Association, called the lawsuit ‘completely without merit’.  The league’s biggest narcissist suing the most powerful union in the US?  This should be fun.

What does this have to do with the Padres?  Well, now the Yankees have a hole at third. Current free agent options include Michael Young, Wilson Betemit, and Mark Reynolds.  Young played 980 innings at 3B last year and cost his teams 17 runs.  Betemit didn’t play at the major league level at all in 2013 due to a knee injury suffered during spring training.  Reynolds played 410 innings at third, costing his teams 6 runs.  With an aging Derek Jeter at short, you don’t want a statue at third, which is what you’ll get signing one of these guys.  Tony Gwynn would hit .800 against that infield.

As far as New York’s internal options, there aren’t many.  Eric Jagielo is one of the Yankees top prospects*, and plays third; he’s also 21 and spent last year in low A-ball.  He’s not ready.  Eduardo Nunez played 78 games there in 2013 so he’s the heir apparent?

You know where this is going.  The ‘trade Chase Headley‘ talk will start once again. You also know he’s in the last year of his contract.  Free agency beckons.  Get what you can before he’s gone, right?  Except…

If our GM truly thinks he’s got a playoff team – and he actually MIGHT, with two wild card slots out there – trading Headley makes no sense at all. We haven’t won a playoff game since 2006.  We haven’t been in the post-season since Matt Holliday missed the plate (yeah, I know, it counted as a regular season game.  Sue me.). Headley stays healthy, plays above-average defense at a premium position, and has a consistently high OBP.  The Padres need him on base ahead of Jedd Gyorko, Seth Smith, and Carlos Quentin (when healthy).  Trading Chase will gut the lineup in ways you don’t want to talk about at parties. Hope springs eternal, especially from January-March, but you can’t trade one of the cornerstone players right before a season you think you can be competitive in.  Bad sentence, but you get the point.

Let the Yankees wallow in their own misery.  They signed that pact with the Devil, and the note’s come due.  Keep Chase right where he is.

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  • Scarr

    Exactly my feelings. Also, dealing Headley pushes Gyorko over to 3rd, but leaves a hole at 2nd to be filled by who? Headley is the lone consistent producer on a team starved for consistent production.

    • Forsythe is an option. Spangenberg too perhaps, but he spent the last year at AA and I don’t think anyone believes he’s ready for the majors.

      • Scarr

        Right. Forsythe shouldn’t be an everyday 2B, and Spangenberg’s window is slowly closing. Jace Peterson is a ways away too. I definitely agree with keeping Headley. Had the same sentiment since rumors flew in ’12

  • Sac Bunt Melvin

    It probably doesn’t hurt that another team might need a third baseman in July…and another third baseman might be available next offseason.

  • I hope the Yankees ask for Chase and Byrnes just strings ’em along.