It appears that the San Francisco Giants are zeroing in on their next third baseman. With the Giants losing third baseman Pablo Sandoval to the Boston Red Sox, the team is showing interest in third baseman Chase Headley, as they are “turning aggressive” on their pursuit of him, showing “solid interest,” according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Sources: #SFGiants turning aggressive on Headley. Unclear how this relates to pursuit of Lester, if at all. Solid interest in Headley.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2014
All of this is coming after news from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who reported that Headley had received a four-year offer, worth around $65 million from an unknown team.
Besides the Giants, the Cleveland Indians and the Miami Marlins have also showed interest in the 30-year-old veteran. Rosenthal also had noted that he desn’t know how much their pursuit of Headley, if at all, will end up affecting their chances at signing left-handed pitcher Jon Lester.
Headley was traded from the San Diego Padres, just before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline this past year, to the New York Yankees for infielder Yangervis Solarte and a minor league prospect. For both the Yankees and Padres, Headley slashed .243/.328/.372 with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in, while accumulating a 103 wRC+ in 531 plate appearances over 135 games. In addition to his offense, his advanced defensive metrics over the past three seasons have combined to be the best among all third basemen.