Chase Headley is returning to the New York Yankees on a four-year, $52 million deal, after being traded to New York in July of last season from the San Diego Padres. The deal is pending a physical.
The New York Yankees made their intentions to re-sign the 30-year-old veteran very clear, though they faced heavy competition from the World Series winning San Francisco Giants. The Giants lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval earlier in free agency at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.
The Miami Marlins also showed interest in signing Headley.
Headley, acquired just before the 2014 Trade Deadline, hit .243 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs for the San Diego Padres and Yankees in 2014, while hitting an improved .262 with 6 home runs and 17 RBIs for the Yankees in 58 games. Headley has posted a career slash line of .265/.347/.409 to go along with 93 homers and 418 RBIs over the course of eight seasons in Major League Baseball.
With Headley back in the picture for the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez‘s role likely diminishes to part-time designated hitter, if in-fact he can get healthy. Martin Prado will now be able to be the backup third baseman, while also playing second base and filling the void in left field for the Yankees.