Why the Phillies Are the Best Answer to Stealing Chase Headley

Kevin Abblitt@kevinabblittCorrespondent IIIAugust 13, 2012

Aug 4, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) before a fourth inning at bat against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Without question, the Padres have one of the deepest farm systems in the league. However, there are always areas that can be improved upon. Who is to say that the Pads aren’t looking to add more fuel to their fire?

Chase Headley continues to permeate throughout the league on the most wanted list. As hot as he is at the corner position, Headley is just as hot in the box. He has gone on a personal tear this season, lifting his home run and RBI statistics to career-bests of 18 and 70 respectively. 

Growing up in a pitcher’s palace, his offensive ranks don’t exactly attract the eye from first glance. But the consistency with which he strokes the ball up the alleys has remained a focal point that Headley prides his game on. Simply put, he is a good player on a bad team.

Headley isn’t a threatening home run hitter, but if you pump one in his wheel house, he will make sure you regret it. Defensively, his endurance is second to none. He currently boasts a league-best 113 games at third base. The one blemish in his game has remained his inability to escape the error statistic. This season is no different, as he has accumulated 10 errors. 

Headley is a much more suitable option than the current placeholder, Placido Polanco. At 28 years old, he has plenty more in the tank to offer than the aging 36-year-old. The upside in Headley is that if acquired, he won’t break the Phillies’ pockets.

Who wouldn’t want a piece of No. 7? 

The perennial contenders, the Philadelphia Phillies, have been a major disappointment this season. After parting ways with Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, they are hungry to steal a veteran bat and redirect their clubhouse back into the NL East race.


The Padres are in search of more prospects. And if there is one team that has the depth in the lower divisions to lure San Diego, it has to be Philadelphia. 

A name like Domonic Brown comes to mind. The Pads already have a solidified presence in Jedd Gyorko in case of Headley’s departure, so no need to panic.

Brown is eye candy. He is four years younger, and is in the process of establishing himself as an outfielder in the MLB. The Pads have been known to capture fading talent and resurrect their careers. I see the same trend happening here.

Brown was once pinned as the next prodigy in Philadelphia, but was never able to live up to the hype. San Diego just might have the appropriate tools to make it happen. He comes in at a smooth asking price, and I think both teams would come away from the trade satisfied.

Another name that surfaces is the 25-year-old standout, Tyler Cloyd. The only crooked issue about Cloyd is that his age hurts his prospect appearance.

After surrendering 6 ERs in three innings to the Bucs Sunday afternoon, Ross Ohlendorf’s tragic performance was a noteworthy collapse. Just a hint, but Cloyd seems like a respectable filler into the San Diego starting rotation.

In 19 games, he has compiled together a healthy 11-1 record and 2.12 ERA in Triple-A this season. His stuff is ready for the next level, and in a pitcher-friendly park like PETCO, there is no better place to start a developing career.

There is no telling what the Padres will elect to do with Headley, or if the Phils will actively pursue him. But with the way Headley and San Diego's offense have come to life over the last 10 games, my guess would be that he stays grounded.

The Phillies need to evaluate their prospects and move quickly before the window closes.