New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Yankees have found their everyday third baseman after acquiring Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres.
The Yankees shipped infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to San Diego in the deal. New York also received $1 million, according to a source.
The switch-hitting Headley batted .229 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 77 games with San Diego.
The 30-year-old Headley had back issues early in the season but his performance has improved since receiving treatment earlier this month.
Since July 4, he is batting .339 (19-for-56) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBIs in 13 games.
He projects to take over as the Yankees’ everyday third baseman, a position at which the team has been mixing and matching this season.
The 27-year-old Solarte made the team as a non-roster invitee this spring and held down the position early before slipping into an extended slump. He batted .254 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 75 games overall.
In 908 career games over parts of eight Major League seasons, all with the Padres, Headley batted .266 with 87 home runs and 401 RBIs, while appearing in games at third base (680), left field (196) and first base (two).
Solarte was sent down to the Minors earlier this month, and though he was recalled, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had recently been giving more playing time at third base to Kelly Johnson and Zelous Wheeler.
Johnson and Wheeler have versatility at multiple positions; Johnson figures to continue seeing playing time as the starting first baseman with Mark Teixeira out until at least Thursday with a strained lat muscle.
Headley can be a free agent after this season and is owed approximately $4 million for the remainder of the 2014 campaign. The Yankees will pay about $3 million of that figure, not including the $1 million sent to New York by San Diego.
De Paula, 23, was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) with Class A Tampa this season. Originally signed by the Yankees as a Minor League free agent on Nov. 18, 2010, he was ranked No. 15 among Yankees prospects.