Also in the deal is right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell.
The Padres take on all of Headley’s $13 million dollar salary in the deal, as they appear to be absorbing money in order to get their hands on Mitchell. The Yankees’ former pitcher has decent upside and will be given an opportunity to earn a rotation spot out of the spring.
Headley had his best seasons in San Diego and could be shipped by the Padres prior to the spring. That remains to be seen.
The Padres infield is certainly crowded at the moment with Yangervis Solarte, Carlos Asuaje, and Cory Spangenberg on the roster. A.J. Preller has already proclaimed he will look to make another deal, so the roster should obviously change again. He told Headley himself, via phone, that the Padres will be talking to other clubs.
Preller is very savvy. Immediate reaction on Padres Twitter was to be expected, as most are outraged.
I agree Headley is only a shadow of himself, but I appreciate the upside of Mitchell and I certainly realize that Headley could either provide depth for 2018 at first and third or possibly be shipped off to another team. It is very early in the baseball off-season.
Again though, Padres Twitter is angry and unreasonable. I guess that is to be expected with the hangover from the loss of Shohei Ohtani. It also does not help that the Padres have to endure constant chatter of Eric Hosmer, which seems too good to be true. Stay calm, Padre fans.
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The Padres will surely make more deals this winter. The depth on the infield has grown and the team also has depth in the outfield.
We know the team is in search of pitching, so expect another trade.