NY Yankees trade Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell to San Diego Padres

Lynette Rowe
December 13, 2017

The move will push the Yankees even further below the $197 million luxury tax threshold next season, thus freeing them up to pursue high-end starting pitching this offseason or perhaps set them up to make big splashes next offseason when such stars as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are expected to be free agents. The Yankees now have the flexibility to add a starting pitcher, maybe two, and a bat.

Blash is a 28-year-old outfielder with 99 games of Major League Baseball experience to his credit. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report the trade. He's probably just around in case they trade Clint Frazier and the Triple-A team needs another outfielder.

The move is essentially a salary dump, as the Yankees want to get Headley off the books, but needed to give up a reliever with potential in Mitchell to do so. It will be a revamped infield for the Yankees, who also dealt second baseman Starlin Castro in the Giancarlo Stanton deal.

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Dumping Headley's salary increases the chances that NY will bring back Todd Frazier.

Headley played in San Diego from 2007 to midway through the 2014 season. San Diego essentially bought themselves a prospect in Mitchell by taking on the Headley contract. According to Rosenthal, the Padres will absorb Headley's entire salary. They also believe Gleyber Torres can play there as well. Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 32nd-round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, he owns a.280 (83-for-296) average with 17 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 43 RBI and 37 runs scored in 85 minor league games over parts of two seasons. "I was very honest, telling him that we're going to talk to other clubs, as well".

Blash, an outfielder, appeared in 61 games for the Padres last season, hitting.213 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

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