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Yankees Seeking Headley Trade
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Yankees are looking to potentially deal either Headley or outfielder Brett Gardner.
Owner Hal Steinbrenner reportedly wants to lower the payroll before the 2017 season.
Headley is owed $26 million over the next two years after signing a four-year deal with the team before the start of the 2015 season.
The 32-year-old has put up modest numbers since joining the Yankees, hitting just .257 with 31 home runs in two-and-a-half seasons. His on-base plus slugging percentage of .716 in 2016 was only slightly better than it was the year before at .693, which was his career low for a full season.
Headley began his career with the San Diego Padres, where he spent parts of eight seasons. His best year by far came in 2012 when he won a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and finished fifth in MVP voting. He led the National League with 115 RBI and tallied 31 home runs.
He has never had more than 14 home runs in any other season of his career.
If the Yankees find a buyer for Headley, 24-year-old Ronald Torreyes could potentially take over at third base after playing 34 games at the position last year.