Yankees acquire third baseman Chase Headley
WASHINGTON -- The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman first tweeted the move, which has been confirmed by the Yankees.
Headley, 30, addresses an immediate need at third base for the Yankees, but is having a sub-par year. He is just two years removed from a fifth place finish in the NL MVP vote, but is slashing just .229/.296/.355 with 12 doubles and seven home runs so far this year.
The move answers questions for a Yankees club that is tied for second in the AL East, four games out of first place. But Headley will be a free agent at the end of the season, so the trade does not appear to have any immediate implications in regards to Alex Rodriguez, whose suspension will end at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Solarte hit .254/.337/.381 with six home runs in 75 games for the Yankees this year. De Paula was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 89 innings in 20 games with Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees.