MLB Trade Deadline: Would a Trade for Chase Headley Make Sense for New York?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IJuly 25, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres watches the ball after making contact in the 8th inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Petco Park on July 16, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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By now, we all know the news of Alex Rodriguez's broken hand.

A-Rod suffered a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch in Tuesday night's game against the Mariners, an injury that will force him out for 4-8 weeks.

If it's the full eight weeks that A-Rod had to be out for, that puts him out until the end of September, maybe even into October.

Now the Yankees have to decide what to do at the hot corner. They could go with Eric Chavez, but that would deplete their bench, something Chavez strengthens.

They could look at in-house options like Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena or Brandon Laird, but all of those guys are more utility infielders and not full-time starters.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees are now looking at all options for third base, which includes San Diego Padres third basemen Chase Headley.

The Yankees will be considering all 3B options, including Chase Headley, who'd make sense for them on a lot of levels.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 25, 2012

Headley is rumored to be on the trading block for the Padres, but it's unknown what San Diego would ask for in return if they do want to deal him.

In 2012, Headley is hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI with a .360 on-base percentage for the Padres.

Headley is also 28-years-old and is controllable through the 2015 season with him being eligible for arbitration after the 2012 season, so if the Yankees wanted to land Headley, it wouldn't be a rental.

It would inject some youth into the Yankees lineup and in the infield, plus it could eventually move A-Rod to the DH spot full-time as he gets up in age.

Hitting in Petco Park isn't exactly a hitters dream, as it's one of the hardest parks to generate offense in. So by coming to Yankee Stadium, Headley could see his numbers increase in a hitter-friendly park.

Adding Headley's salary wouldn't be a major move to the Yankees payroll, as he is only making $3.475 million in 2012.

Headley makes sense for the Yankees with the need to add an established third-basemen, plus needing to add some younger players into an already aging lineup.

The only question now becomes of what the Padres would ask for, and if Cashman is up for making the deal.

If he is, we've got less than a week until the trade deadline for him to decide.

Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.