Yankees acquire Chase Headley for Yangervis Solarte, Rafael DePaula

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Finally, some help for the infield. The Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash from the Padres for utility man Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitching prospect Rafael DePaula, both teams announced. Jack Curry and Jon Heyman first reported the news and Chad Jennings says the Yankees hope he will be in town in time for tonight’s game. (The Padres are in Chicago.)

Headley, 30, is owed approximately $4.2M through the end of the season, and Heyman says the Yankees will receive about $1M from San Diego. Headley is due to become a free agent after the winter and because he was acquired at midseason, the team will not be able to make him a qualifying offer to recoup a draft pick in the offseason. This is a pure rental, obviously, though things could always go so well that they re-sign him.

Through 77 games and 307 plate appearances this year, the switch-hitting Headley is hitting .229/.296/.355 (88 wRC+) with seven homers and 12 doubles. He was dealing with some back issues a few weeks ago and has hit .298/.330/.405 (110 wRC+) in 21 games since receiving an epidural. As with all Padres’ position players, the hope is Headley will perform better away from spacious Petco Park. Here’s what I wrote in our recent Scouting The Market Post:

Petco Park is a notorious pitcher’s park, even after the walls were brought in last season. Headley is a career .286/.360/.444 (118 wRC+) hitter on the road (.243/.331/.371 (107 wRC+) at home), including a 154 wRC+ away from Petco Park in 2012 (97 wRC+ on the road from 2013-14). If the Yankees were to acquire Headley, he would be moving from one of the worst hitting parks in the game to one of the best. It would be damn near impossible for his numbers not to improve.

Headley’s offensive numbers might not improve, he might just stink as a hitter now, but there is no doubt he will improve New York’s dreadful infield defense. He has consistently graded out as above-average defender at third base and will be the team’s best hot corner gloveman since peak Alex Rodriguez. It would be awesome if Headley hits like he did in 2012 (145 wRC+), but being nothing more than a league-average bat with his defense would be a gigantic upgrade for the Yankees.

In exchange for Headley, the Yankees gave up a spare part in Solarte and a secondary pitching prospect. The team signed Solarte as a minor league free agent over the winter and he was awesome for the first two months of the season, but his production slipped in recent weeks and he was eventually shipped to the minors. The 27-year-old has hit .254/.337/.381 (100 wRC+) in 289 plate appearances this year. Hopefully he gets a chance to play everyday in San Diego. The Solarte Partay was a blast while it lasted.

DePaula, 23, has a 4.15 ERA (3.34 FIP) in 89 innings for High-A Tampa this season. I ranked him as the team’s 20th best prospect before the draft, mostly because of his high-end fastball velocity and promising slider. There are still questions about whether he is anything more than a reliever long-term. The Yankee signed DePaula for $500k out of Dominican Republic in 2010 but he did not make his pro debut until 2012 due to visa issues. He was suspended one year before signing for falsifying his identity.

It’s worth noting the Blue Jays were said to be pursuing Headley as well, so the Yankees essentially took him away from a division rival and direct competitor for a postseason spot. The Bombers have now added two rentals in Headley and Brandon McCarthy, and all they’ve given up is a good but not great pitching prospect and two players signed off the scrap heap. I mean, they turned Solarte and Vidal Nuno into half-seasons of Headley and McCarthy. That’s pretty awesome. DePaula, like most Single-A pitching prospects, was as tradeable as it gets. These moves might be not enough to put the Yankees over the top — they still need rotation help and a right fielder — but they were upgrades at minimal cost.

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  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

    it is still 2012, right?

    phenomenal work from teh Cash!

  • Danny G

    Yangervis we hardly knew ye

  • Dan

    If it’s really not top guys (anyone inside the top 5: Servino, Judge, Sanchez, Murphy, Williams), I’m all for it.

    • http://twitter.com/rational_sports Rational Sports

      Good thing Cashman is smart enough not to give up one of the team’s top prospects for less than half a season from a mediocre player. Brilliant!

      • Dan

        I know–tell that to Jim Bowden

      • Apple

        “Team’s best prospects”. You mean the guy who was a hitting a buck 87 since June and was a sieve defensively? That guy?

    • Not an ace

      Williams isn’t shit.

      • Raul

        Lolz I’d rather give up Williams than DePaula

  • DERP

    Coincidentally, Bowden posted this earlier in the day:

    “Who? A package of struggling prospects in OF Mason Williams and 3B Dante Bichette Jr. could end up being a long-term steal for the Padres, when and if either (or both) start to put it together. Another possibility would be a package of 19-year-olds, including shortstop Abiatal Avelino and third baseman Miguel Andujar, both of whom have high upside but are a long ways away from the big leagues.”

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blo.....aseheadley

    We will see how close he is.

    • Tuscan Chicken

      Bowden is usually crazy in his trade props.

      • Lehman College Rocks !!

        he is a shock writer
        to keep his job he writes the insane

        • BKamm

          That’s because he is insane.

    • YankeeFanInCanada

      Clearly Bowden hasn’t been paying attention at all this year to Yankees prospects. DBJ has been playing great this year and just had a long hitting streak. I’m hoping he turned the corner.

      • Tuscan Chicken

        Let’s not throw him a parade until he can hit AA pitching.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Stuart? did you figure out how to change your name?

          • Tuscan Chicken

            Oh yes, because I am not drinking the Kool-Aid on Dante Bichette Jr. I must be a troll. That’s hilarious. Knock yourself out.

            Excuse me for thinking a guy that slugged .331 in two years at Low-A might have issues with better pitching. Call me crazy. LOL

            • Dalek Jeter

              No, it was really just the parade comment.

              • Tuscan Chicken

                So a regularly used phrase makes you think I was a troll?

                You got too much troll on the mind. You know what they say, to a hammer everything is a nail.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      I doubt Cashman would’ve done either.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I know it’s a bunch of single-A kids, but Bowden can blow me with the Andujar/Avelino talk there.

    • Chip

      Another reminder of why Jim Bowden is working for ESPN and no longer a GM.

      • Rick

        My exact thoughts. +1.

  • RealtyCheck

    Heyman and Marchand report it’s Depaula and Solarte for Headley and $1M.

  • bobtaco

    Kyle Roller? Greg Bird? O’Brien? Place your bets.

  • WFAN Caller

    TOO MUCH!!! WE GAVE UP TOO MUCH!!

    JK, although I would have cried this time last year if they had sent RDP packing.

  • Dan

    Via Heyman: Solarte and De Paula for Headley and $1m. Love the move.

    • ChrisS

      Really? you love this move? A soon-to-be FA with a bad back and deteriorating skills?

      I mean, I don’t hate it, but it’s the very definition of rearranging deck chairs on the titanic.

      • Winter

        Headley’s a rental for the rest of 2014, not a long-term piece. And while he’s been bad, he’s better than what the Yankees have been trotting out at 3B so far this year.

        • Bryan

          And it is not like Headley has been bad over the past month. In July he has really started hitting again. For half a season (or more possibly given the barren wasteland that is the 2015 FA market) of Chase Headley we gave up a career minor leaguer who peaks as a better version of Nunez and a pitcher who likely is heading to the pen unless serious adjustments are made.

          Great freaking deal.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            With little guarantee that the bullpen he’s headed to is in the big leagues.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        For what they gave up? Right now….yes.

        • ChrisS

          You guys are easily impressed.

          • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph

            C’mon, they gave up a scrap heap guy and a pitcher who we’ll probably never here of again for the best available infielder out there. Plus they kept him away from Toronto who was also interested.
            Some people want to whine no matter what.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

              ^^^^^^^^^^
              This

          • Rick

            They gave up a minor league journeyman and a pitcher who has consistently failed to impress since he came states side. Headley has a track record of some substantial major league success. At worst, he’ll play solid defense … which, if you’ve watched even a single Yankees game, Solarte doesn’t do. This is an excellent move. While it doesn’t push the needle much further to the playoffs, it’s the exact kind of upside trade you make with scrap heap players. Cashman is 2-2 on his trades so far. Coming into the year if you could trade Solarte, DePaula and Nuno for Headley and McCarthy, you do it 100 out of 100 times.

  • Kyle

    The Yankees will send Yangervis Solarte and minor league right-hander Rafael De Paula to the Padres in return for Headley and $1MM.

  • Bill

    Chase Headley? Really. I guess for those two players, why not? Headley’s not a real upgrade unless he suddenly reverts to his 2012 form. Is that really going to happen? I don’t think so and I have to believe most of the folks here would agree. This is a classic DO SOMETHING move to excite the fans.

    • Dalek Jeter

      “Headley’s not a real upgrade unless he suddenly reverts to his 2012 form.” I mean, I think that’s an overstatement, if he reverts to his 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013 self that’s a pretty nice pick up for a journeyman minor leaguer and a B/C prospect. (FWIW fWARs of 4.4, 2.3, 7.2, and 3.5 in each of those years)

    • trr

      Oh, I’d say it’s more than that, Bill, but how much more? That’s the question. This also allows the team to move Johnson to his more natural position at 2B and perhaps send the stone-handed Brian Roberts packing.

      • BKamm

        I recall Roberts being penciled in at 2nd tonight and Johnson in RF.

    • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph

      Right off the bat Headley is a huge defensive upgrade.

    • Chris H

      Actually with his defense anywhere near a league average bat would qualify him as an upgrade for this team. Now if he lives up to his career road slash line of .286/.360/.444 it’s a friggin steal, and really if he just matches his 2013 wRC+ of 113 the rest of the year he’d be considered a pretty large upgrade over anything we’ve trotted out to third all year.

  • King George

    DePaula and Solarte.

  • Tuscan Chicken

    The cavalry is coming? The cavalry is coming.

  • DERP

    So DePaula and Solarte?

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Inconsistent pitching prospect, and infielder who was briefly fantastic before turning into a pumpkin, for a guy who’s at least a proven average MLB level player? Yeah, I’ll take it.

  • DERP

    So he wasn’t close at all

  • Tanyon is the Manyon

    For Yangervis and DePaula

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    The only problem here now is that there’s too many Chases on the roster. Might as well do this WWE-style.

    “Now pitching for the New York Yankees, Garrison Whitley.”

    • ac1

      Or Head Chase: YES ! YES ! YES!

    • John Bradshaw Layfield

      I love it Maggle!

  • bw1tz

    Cant be mad at that trade. Hopefully a change of scenery helpd Headly. Oh, and his back is ok.

  • Colonel

    I don’t love Headly, but this was a steal. Headley is better than Solarte and Wheeler no matter which way you slice it. Now please send down Wheeler and call up Zoilo and put Ichiro on the bench.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Wheeler has not been terrible. Hell his defense has been great. Also, since Solarte is on the 25MR, no move is needed.

      • Colonel

        No Wheeler hasn’t been terrible, but like Solarte he’s a career minor leaguer. I somehow doubt he can keep it up for very long. There’s a reason he’s been down in the minors as long as he has.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          Wheeler can also play 2B and RF, two positions we need backups for. I’d rather have that.

        • Winter

          So keep him until he starts to suck, then dump him. If he’s got some good ABs in him no reason for them to come in AAA.

  • Tuscan Chicken

    Remember when DePaula was the toast of the town. Then he got promoted to high-A and everyone quieted down real quick. He could still be a good reliever down the road especially in San Diego.

    • leftylarry

      Great deal.

      Headley has a good glove and drove in 115 runs in a season not too long ago.
      He will love moving to the Stadium and has tremendous motivation to have a strong finish to the season in a contract year.

      Depaula is a longshot to EVER be anything that you can’t replace in free agency on the cheap and Solarte is, well, a nothing.

      Hope he can play a bit of first base too because Lance Johnson is just a terrible defender there.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Holy shitballs.

    I’m…..totally fine with this. DePaula’s a real, real wildcard.

    NOW WHAT WILL THEY DO WITH ALL THE SOLARTE REPLICA JERSEYS AT THE STORE?!?!?!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Give me one for free? I wanted one before this.

  • JohnC

    would rather have sent Turley or Matt Tracy instead if DePaula, but oh well!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      We’re short on AAA arms…I doubt that would’ve happened.

    • leftylarry

      Tracy yes, still think Turley has some ability, he’s smart, competes, can field and hold runners AND he’s left handed.

  • Darren

    This reminds me that I used to have a big crush on Glenne Headly, circa Mortal Thoughts.

  • pat

    Padres waited about 3 years too long to trade Headley.

  • Algernon blackwood

    Headly is 30, perfect time to sign him to an 8-9 year contract

  • Frank

    I really liked Solarte. Sorry to see him go. Headley? Meh.

    • Algernon Blackwood

      A couple more hits and his obp will be 300!

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Like Solarte as a guy? Or as a player? Because as a player, he is not a Major Leaguer. He is a career minor leaguer who had a crazy 140 PAs before the league figured him out and he hit .180/.264/..256 for the next 149 PAs.

      The Yanks literally have multiple Solartes in MLB and AAA. He is no loss.

  • mustang

    Love!!!! What Cashman has up his sleeve.

    The Defends alone!!!

    • Tuscan Chicken

      Defends for the win!

  • King George

    Have to think Roberts/Ichiro and Wheeler are the odd men out here.

    Gardner-LF
    Jeter-SS
    Ellsbury-CF
    Tex (when he’s back)-1B
    McCann-C
    Headley-3B
    Beltran-DH
    Johnson-2B
    Zoilo-RF

    Not a horrible lineup. At least it’s an improvement.

    • Darren

      Why do you think Johnson is all of a sudden going to take the second base job from Roberts as a result of this trade?

      • Dick M

        Have you seen this Roberts play 2B?

        • Darren

          Yes, he’s been the starting second baseman all year.
          My question was why THIS TRADE will all of a sudden cause Girardi to change his mind and give the job to Johnson. There seems to be no cause and effect. Maybe it will eat away at some of Roberts’ ABs but it’s certainly not like he immediately goes to the bench to make room for Johnson.

          • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

            You are right.

            But an argument could be made that with Headley at third, all the third base guys (really Wheeler and Johnson at this point) now could move elsewhere, which could lead to the Yanks dropping Roberts and letting Johnson and/or Wheeler play second.

            As I said below, I don’t think it will happen. Girardi loves Roberts. But the trade does shake up the infield.

            • Scott

              I would rather they drop Johnson than Roberts.

              • leftylarry

                Me too, Roberts has played poor defense but he hits the ball hard every time.
                Johnson plays poor defense and is worse with the bat.

                • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

                  Not me. Johnson has power and patience. Roberts just has patience. I think if Johnson got consistent at bats like Roberts did, he would outperform him. But that could just be my preference. I think Roberts adds literally nothing.

                • gbyanks

                  i think johnson has been much better with the bat then roberts. I dont think its even close.

                  roberts 235/244/395 last 28 games (82PA)

                  johnson 224/356/347 last 28 games (59PA)

                  with more playing time johnsons power should increase

                  not to mention johnson has been on fire last 8 games 300/390/450.

                  While i do think the best lineup is johnson at second headley at 3rd. i dont think it will happen. the yankees love roberts for some reason(my guess is his Pitches per at bat)

          • Dick M

            I get that Darren. I’m just in a bad mod about Roberts. He is as bad as it gets at 2B. I’m not sure if his arm is worse than his glove or vice-versa. He can’t field or throw.

            • lightSABR

              I haven’t watched enough to have an assessment. FWIW, the fielding metrics don’t agree with you – DRS has him ever-so-slightly above average; U?R has him at 8 runs per 150 innings below average.

              Of course, given all the shifting, all that may be worth very, very little.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

        Wishful thinking.

        I think a Wheeler/Johnson platoon at second, while underwhelming, would be an upgrade over Roberts, definitely defensively, and likely offensively, too.

        But it is just wishful thinking. For whatever reason, Girardi loves Roberts. Nothing short of Cano or Utley is going to dislodge him, I fear.

    • ac1

      Also, there is no indication the team will ever let Almonte have a real shot at playing RF everyday.

    • I’m One

      I’d be fine with that, but I’ll believe it when I see it. I don’t see them moving Johnson to 2B and I’m still not convinced they bring up Almonte, although I hope they do.

  • fred robbins

    Nice.

    McCarthy and now a 3rd baseman.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Completely arbitrary start point, and super small sample, but he’s actually hitting decently since the actual midpoint of the year: .296/.306/.423 and has always been a stud defensively. I’ve had a man crush on Chase since 2010, so I’m absolutely okay with this. Here’s hoping for a huge bounce back and a team friendly extension!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Seconded.

    • I’m One

      Is it arbitrary? When did he receive the shot for his back?

      • Dalek Jeter

        I actually have no idea, that’s a good/important question.

      • mustang

        Around the same time. He has been hitting since the shot. This move is so good people don’t even realize how good it really is.

        • I’m One

          Let’s hope we do in a few weeks.

    • Charlie in SD

      Headley is great in the field, and was a blast to watch when he had that breakout season. I remember seeing him smash a HR high up on the Western Metal Building. I hope the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium lead to a few more dingers. It’ll be exciting to see DePaula come up with the Padres. I hope it works out for him.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    I’d take this trade every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    Sorry RDP, you definitely have potential.

    Yangervis…well…thanks for April?

    • Dalek Jeter

      And May. He was good in May…everything after that, well…that’s a different story.

  • Mike Myers

    The real winner in this is Solarte. He will get some playing time and big league $.

    its a crap shoot for everyone else.

    • pat

      Once you spend a day on a 25 man roster you begin getting paid the MLB minimum for the rest of the year. He’s still getting his 365k or whatever it is while he’s in Scranton.

      • Mike Myers

        are you sure? I think its pro rated….

      • I’m One

        Closer to $500k, isn’t it?

      • Ed

        The vast majority of guys making the minimum are on split contracts. They make $500k while in the majors, and usually about $50k while in the minors. Those numbers are prorated based on days on the roster. There are about 180 days to a major league season, so one day on the roster is worth a little under $2,800.

        Solarte actually had a relatively high number for the minor league portion – I think it was something like $20k/month. Much better than normal, but still a big step down from his major league salary.

  • dkidd

    the yankees keep getting irisher and irisher

    • Jimmy

      I’ll drink to that!

    • trr

      as long as they don’t replace the Gatorade with Guinness, I say go for it!

      • Dalek Jeter

        “as long as they don’t DO replace the Gatorade with Guinness, I say go for it.”

        fify

        • trr

          t/y Dalek!

      • Yankee$

        My favorite beer. Once you get hooked on it there is no unhooking.

  • HalCap

    Can someone please explain to me why in the world the New York Yankees are taking money back (and presumably including better prospects) from the Padres and DBacks? In what world is this ok?

    • bw1tz

      Why, in this world, is it not ok? The only prospect they gave up was DePaula.

      You seem to be grasping at straws to complain about something so completely irrelevant.

    • Steve (different one)

      In this trade, it seems odd, but I didn’t think twice about the McCarthy deal. McCarthy was a lottery ticket, and as such, his salary was out of line.

      • HalCap

        Agree re: McCarthy. It’s still a disturbing trend in general and lack of utilization of our biggest advantage. The problem isn’t “only DePaula” it’s Depaula and $1m instead of Miguel Sulbaran and $0. Since when are the Yankees worried about $1m?

    • Cheval Anonyme

      I don’t think you have it right. RDP was the minimum prospect the Padres would take. Yankees just insisted on some cash to even out the deal.

  • GreenArmMike

    dude that reads into every little thing with our MILB-ers, then posts like it’s the gospel without actually making sure there is any accuracy, is going to lose his mind over RDP.

    (i won’t lie, i irrationally LOVE solarte… sucker for a feel-good aspect to his story, even if it didn’t last.)

    • Scott

      that would be nycsportzfan. I haven’t seen him post in about a week, but you are right, his head will probably explode, it should be fun to watch.

      • GreenArmMike

        ah-ha, that’s it. and it will be fantastic.

        man, i know i don’t comment here much, but i tend to read every single thread. i dunno how some of the regulars here are so harsh on so many folks, yet that guy somehow gets a bye. whatever… it’s the comment section on a (great) blog. the internet is awesome.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    What’s more, only giving up RDP (as the piece with any real value) this still leaves a deal for RF or a SP on the table.

    Engage Cash-Voltron.

  • Yan Solo

    Do I get to take Chewey with me?!
    Damn, it was fun Yangervis! I enjoyed rooting for you and never abandoned the screenname once you went cold and got sent down, but I guess it’ll be back to the original one once this is official. Here’s hoping Headley does some good and we don’t end up signing another albatross contract in the offseason if he does!

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      People keep forgetting that he’s the only rookie in MLB history to make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Cashman failed.

      • Yan Solo

        ^ +100 points for brandishing your Star Wars nerdom along with me!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        ietc

      • Dalek Jeter

        He still a few more tricks up his sleeve. *Solarte drifts listlessly to the left*

        • Derek Jeter

          “Boy, this guy knows some maneuvers”

    • http://thewebsitemarketingagency.com Geno

      These aren’t the championship pieces you’re looking for.

  • JB

    Lefty power at 3B, he is batting better of late. Offensively at the cost there was no better player available there right now. If he succeeds great can give him qualifying offer for next year otherwise they will land a pick out of this.

    DePaula went from overwhelming stuff that would dominate every level to struggling and looking more and more like Jose Contreras to me. But what do I know, just glad it wasn’t some of the other names the Yankees have.

    I think this is a solid move to try and make an impact on the offense. Maybe we can finally stop having Ellsbury hit third.

    • Old Man Time

      Players traded during the season are not eligible for qualifying offers. So, no pick will come from this move.

      • lightSABR

        And, on the bright side, signing him again after the season (should he merit it) won’t cost a pick, either.

    • Chip

      Can’t get a pick for a guy you trade for midseason any more

  • Ed

    I want to get upset that they traded DePaula, but I can’t. Low A DePaula was pretty sweet, but the High A version not so much.

    The July version of Headley has actually been fairly nice, other than that he completely stopped drawing walks.

    It’s like the McCarthy trade I guess. Don’t give up much, but get a small improvement back. Nothing too exciting for either team.

  • mike

    some how it is sad to see solarte go,i wish him well

  • Vern Sneaker

    What’s not to like? A nice rental. Big defensive upgrade and he won’t hit worse than Wheeler/Johnson and maybe a lot better. We lose only a “maybe” in DePaula.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    If Headley plays well, would they sign him or do we already have our 3b? Ugh.

    • I’m One

      Even if A-Rod returns as something more than a DH, he’ll need time off. And Headly has played some OF, so he’s got some positional flexibility. Depending on how his back holds out, I guess it’s possible they sign him if he plays well.

      • Chip

        You’re crazy, they’d be stupid to put Headley (one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball) in the outfield for A-Rod. I’m pretty sure they’d play A-Rod out there first if nothing else than to piss him off

        • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

          Make A-Rod catch!

          No, if A-Rod comes back, he is going to be too old and surgeried (yes, I wrote surgeried) to play everyday at third. I think if he comes back, the best case scenario is A-Rod at DH and filling in occasionally at third and maybe even first to give other guys DH days.

          I am sure the Yanks will watch Headley the rest of the season and if they think he can help them and the market isn’t insane, they’ll make an offer. I doubt A-Rod will stop them from going after Headley.

          • edb

            No but his salary might

          • Yankee$

            Actually the best case scenario would be ARod coming back as the Bionic Man. Hell, they’ve got so much money invested already that if all it takes is another $6 Million to give him Steve Austin like tools (2 legs, Right Arm and One Eye), I say go for it.

        • ac1

          I was thinking the same thing. If I am Cashman, I am on the horn with Alex and telling him he better start learning to play 1B and 2B because with Tex always hurt, we need a back up 1B and if Refsnyder doesnt catch fire right away, we need a 2B.

        • I’m One

          they’d be stupid to put Headley (one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball) in the outfield for A-Rod.

          Didn’t say it was the best use of the players involved. However, with A-Rod’s salary and status, I still see him as the starting 3B next season if he’s up to it (See Jeter, Derek, 2014).

          • Chip

            A-Rod and Jeter are polar opposites when it comes to the front office feelings towards them. Jeter is basically the Yankees’ ideal of what a player should be while they keep pretending A-Rod doesn’t exist. I doubt that they’re going to mess around with him and he’ll actually get dropped down the order and lose playing time if and when he sucks

  • WhittakerWalt

    Now we just need Chase Utley and we’ll have every Chase ____-ley in the league.

    • ac1

      Can we also find Chase Wright and put him in the pen? Our lefties in the pen arent very good.

      • Darren

        Well, they haven’t let up four home runs in a row. Yet.

      • I’m One

        Needs to change his name to Chase Wrightley. But I’m OK with any lefty that can actually get lefties out, especially ones that don’t hit lefty’s well.

    • pat

      This is…. not a bad idea?

    • Old Kinderhook

      +1
      Chase Manhattanley

    • Chase This

      Nah, they’ll trade Chase Whitley for Utley to clear out the logjam of Chase —-leys

  • Cheddard Headley

    I love it. Now they just need to get a power bat in RF to replace Ichiro. At least Cashman is trying and we didn’t give up much in the deal.

  • CMed21

    Sad to see Solarte go, but maybe it was the best to trade him. His value was prob won’t be higher, and we get a guy who was an MVP candidate just 2 years ago. If Headley can get going and continue to play solid defense at 3rd this move could be a steal.

    • Alkaline

      Rode the hot hand. If things go well the 2nd half and we make playoffs, we can’t discount what Solarte did for the first two months for us.

      • lightSABR

        Or that without those first two months, this trade would have cost more.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    DePaula has been pitching well at Tampa lately, but I am for the deal. Solarte’s time was running out anyway.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    The Padres are in Chicago. Is Headley here tonight?

    • The Other Matt

      Saw something say that the Yankees are hopeful that they’ll have him at the Stadium in time for tonight’s game.

  • McNulty

    Legit move. Two wild cards for a good player.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Agreed, but I’d say one wildcard and one AAA player who might be a AAAA player at best, but not an MLBer.

  • Kosmo

    a very solid move provided Headley can play on an everyday basis. GG D. SWH.
    Hopefully more moves to come.

    • ac1

      Getting Headley would indicate the Yankees are moving forward with a push to the postseason, not giving up. So I have to believe Cashman knows once you start down this path, you have to go all the way. Still believe Cliff Lee will be a Yankee this year. Would LOVE if they could also bring Utley with him.

      • bw1tz

        If they can get Lee as a pure salary dump and not give up anything of consquence from the minors, I’d be fine with it. If they even give up a B prospect for him, it will be infuriating.

        Utley would be nice but, he’s got 10/5 rights and, I dont think he wants to leave Philly.

  • JB

    DePaula 23 years old, high A ball. Maybe his stuff at some point plays out, but not at all what anyone was expecting when it was announced they were finally bringing him to the US. With talent and control problems, sure sounds like a bullpen arm someday if he makes it. More important for us not giving away any of our current young bullpen guys.

  • Cameron

    Wow, is this real life? The Yanks have a real third baseman and only gave up a guy who basically just made it to the bigs this year? Crazy.

    • lightSABR

      I know. I’m still pinching myself.

  • Alkaline

    I’m okay with this!

  • Leg-End

    Solid move.

  • The Other Matt

    Sad to see RDP and Solarte go, but I’m glad to see the Yankees actually make a move for a bat. For all the clamoring for another starter, the pitching actually has been more inspiring than the hitting. Although I know another starter is a necessity because the rotation really only has four starters right now, with Whitley pretty much tapped out on innings left for this season.

    I was kind of getting excited again on DePaula recently, looking at the DotF daily (thanks Mike) it looked like he had pitched quite well as of late. But there were always questions of his long-term viability as a starter. As for Solarte, his time here was exciting even though it came to a halt soon. I hope he gets a chance to play everyday in San Diego and prove himself once again.

    As for Headley, I’m hoping he can give us something. First off, please stay healthy for the rest of this season, at the least. Hopefully, he has found something as of late and can continue to swing the bat decently. He’s another switch-hitter, which I’m sure Girardi will love. And don’t you know, he’s actually an infielder that can play above-average defense. That in itself should be a breathe of fresh-air.

    All in all, a pretty good trade.

  • Richie Rich

    While De Paula is flaming out and Solarte is a AAAA player, Headley is nothing to write home about. He whiffs a ton, is not very good with runners on, and has hit more than 13 HRs once in his career.

    And for you change-of-scenery types, he has hit .209 on the road this year.

    Why are the Yankees wasting time with trades like this? This doesn’t improve them. For the past 5 seasons, Cashman’s approach to trades is to throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.

    Time to unload Cashman once and for all after this season. Yanks are at a perfect juncture to actually re-build at this deadline, with this season a lost cause. Instead we get more of this slop.

    • Old Man Time

      Whiney ass fans. SMH

    • Chip

      All Chase has to do is be an average bat for this move to be a clear steal. Moving a maybe future reliever and AAAA dude you got for free and turning it into an defensively elite third baseman with an average bat? Sign this guy up

      Also, this gives them a few months to get to know him and decide if they want to take a flier on him next season. Go go Cash ninja

      • Old Man Time

        Richie Rich is the type that would find someway to complain if Cashman turned Mason Williams into Clayton Kershaw.

        • Winter

          Sure, just what we need, another overpaid starter. It’s just like Ca$hman to sell the farm for another big-name player on the wrong side of 25.

          • trr

            well played, sirs!

          • ac1

            love it

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s a good thing I had lunch already. That might have made me hungry for some pasta.

      • Yankee$

        Mmmm, Durum Semolina.

        • W.B. Mason Williams

          Teff orechiette or bust!

    • TopChuckie

      The change of scenery theory, legit or not, really has nothing to do with home park. It’s about a fresh start with a new team, new team attitude, different clubhouse atmosphere, perhaps different role, i.e. team leader versus just another piece of the puzzle, etc.

      Not to mention there are few worse places to hit than SD anyway.

    • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph

      Get your ass back to Queens or Boston or wherever the hell you pass the time of day accomplishing zilch.

    • bw1tz

      “And for you change-of-scenery types, he has hit .209 on the road this year.”

      Yeah. I dont think you know what ‘change of scenery’ means.

  • Yankee$

    This is a classic BUY but don’t MORTGAGE move. I actually like it. I am glad they are going to keep competing this year.

    At the same time, I think (and am hoping) this remains the approach for the rest of the season.

    I think you sit out on Lee because he will pass through waivers in August anyway and you definitely need to see more before you commit to taking on that contract. If I am going to build a deal for Lee I would build it around Gary Sanchez plus two players comparable to the ones just sent to SD. IMO, Murphy is a more than adequate backup for the next four or five years and I believe Luis Torrens may already have passed Sanchez based on where they can both peak all around game.

    • Chip

      Headley and McCarthy were smart pickups – guys who cost the team nothing and now the Yankees can look at both players and see if these are guys they want to re-sign as FA’s based on how they produce as Yankees.

      Very smart moves.

    • ac1

      The only way I agree to give up Sanchez in a Lee deal is if Philly pays part of his salary.

      I do agree that we have plenty of potential catchers, so while it would suck to lose Sanchez, there is still Murphy, Torrens, even O’Brien, Romine, etc…

    • I’m One

      I’d do that Lee trade in a second. I’d prefer to keep Murphy over Sanchez. Sanchez may have more upside offensively, but I think SKJRM is more likely to be an adequate MLB catcher, even if it is in a backup role. Besides, I like writing “SKJRM”. :-)

  • The Other Matt

    Obligatory: What number will Headley where?

    • CMed21

      Maybe 17

      • Derek Jeter

        2!

  • mustang

    Cashman is on fire!!!

    Another starter is coming

  • Chris in Durham

    Great defense at third (after a five error nite) on an increasingly ground ball staff. Maybe he stinks with the bat and all is for naught. Or maybe he shows a little something and the infield defense for 2015 starts looking a lot better.

    It in’t costing a top notch prospect, so I think there’s no reason to be unhappy about this move.

    I wonder if he’ll be recognizable after his inevitable shave.

  • stan

    Getting Headley out of Petco might be just the thing he needs. Imagine 31 HR’s playing in that park?

  • jsbrendog

    chase headley……this year’s glenallen hill….minus roids….

    nah, but it’ll be nice to have at least one infielder who can field a groundball now. that’s nice.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Any deal that brings jsbrendog out of exile is a good one.

      CASHNINJA STRIKES!

      • jsbrendog

        ::lurks::

  • hey now

    Well, for the first time in 2014 we’ll finally get to see an actual major league 3B manning his natural position for the Yanks. Today is a good day.

  • Chip

    I wonder how excited he is to not have to carry the offense anymore

  • hey now

    Whitley and now Headley? Next has to be Utley, right?

    All your Chases are belong to us.

    • Dalek Jeter

      ietc

      • Dalek Jeter

        Though we’d still need Chase Anderson (starter for AZ) for all your Chase are belong to us.

    • Alkaline

      +1

  • Frank

    Herniated disk? Epidural injection earlier this month? Give him a month before he’s on the shelf.

  • Mike

    Another great trade by Cashman. A couple of no name prospects for a proven slugger in Chase Headley.

  • BrianMcCannon

    This and the talks on Danks make me feel like Cash is a regular reader of RAB, lol. I like the move; don’t think we gave up too much. Here’s to hoping all Headley needs is a change of scenery.

    • Winter

      I like this move, but I hope he doesn’t trade for Danks. Torn shoulder capsule = cooked.

      • Chip

        Danks with torn shoulder capsule > Chase Whitley, Starting Pitcher

        If not for all the money left on his contract, I would be up for it

      • Ed

        You do realize that the shoulder capsule issue was several years ago, right? He had the surgery and returned to the majors. He’s pitched a few seasons since. He’s past it now. He’s not what he used to be, but he’s pretty clearly not cooked.

  • ac1

    I think we should also keep in mind that early indications are that Brian McCann is pulling out of his season long slump. That will be like trading for a hitter in the second half.

  • Angelo

    Solid move with the potential to be a great move. I approve.

    RDP doesn’t seem like a starter long term and his command/control is erratic. Solarte was fun for a bit. Hope he does well in San Diego.

  • trr

    LOL, all it took was my dropping a few f-bombs last night to shake things up!

    Seriously, let’s keep our fingers crossed that the change of scenery helps Headley. Hopefully his back is OK. Honestly, for what we gave up, it’s tough not to like this deal.

  • Dick M

    You gotta give to get.

    My concern about giving up DePaula is he seems to be figuring it out. His fastball was always plus, the question was the other pitches. There’s a fair amount of upside there.

    But Headley fills a gaping hole. Hopefully RF is next.

    • Chip

      Still old for his league and doesn’t have a good third pitch. Best case scenario is probably Jake Diekman or something. Totally fine with giving that up for a major league piece

  • Daniel

    I really liked Solarte but this is obviously an upgrade. I know nothing about DePaula. What’s his ceiling? Is it really just a bullpen piece?

  • Dalek Jeter

    I have no problem dreaming big on Headley, I hope he goes back to his 2012 self as much as anybody, but am I the only one who thinks that if he just does what he did last season (.250/.347/.400 with a few homers, a few steals, and exceptional defense) that this deal is still an absolute STEAL for New York?

    • OldYanksFan

      A prototypical Ninja Cashman steal!!!!!!!!!!
      No offense to Solarte or RDP, but we essentially gave up nothing.
      This is a VERY tough market, as there are many more buyers than sellers.

      #Cashmansucceeded

  • RetroRob

    I’ll remember the Solarte years, I mean weeks, with fondness.

    DePaula could turn into something of note, but odds are against it.

    Good deal.

    • Daniel

      Can you give me an idea of what we’re giving up with DePaula? Is this sort of like the Corey Black thing where we’re giving up an unlikely yet high potential arm?

      • RetroRob

        That’s probably a fair compare in the sense he has a high potential arm. The Yankees plans and hopes were for DePaula to pan out as a starter. Most of the reviews from evaluators seems to believe he’ll be a bullpen arm. Right now, he’s a lottery ticket.

        I actually Black more than DePaula.

        • RetroRob

          “like” Black more than DePaula.

          • kenthadley

            Black has pitched better in AA than Depaula has in A ball, so Black might be a better pitcher. However, Depaula seemed to be coming on very well in the past few months. Very comparable.

  • Richard Steven Crosby

    The real question here is how Headley is going to produce without facial hair.

  • Eric Jeter

    Wonder what Sterling’s home run call for Headley will be…. “Headley CHASES one out into the left field bullpen!! He’s really turning (insert pitcher’s name) into a HEADcase.”

    • Dalek Jeter

      God I hope so. These are quality Sterlingisms.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      “No way the right fielder can CHASE that one down, it’ HEADING into the stands!”

  • Tom

    GREAT MOVE!!!

    I was pulling for Solarte to be a diamond in the rough but he is who he is a career minor league and an average defender.

    Chase Hedley may have lost some offense, or it could be that cavern ballpark in San Diego BUT he Instantly sures up the defense on that side of the field. He is a TRUE 3rd Baseman and the Yankees really gave up nothing to get him.

  • No 2013 again

    Headley may end up not helping at all but even then this is a great move by Cashman. Another very solid move by him in my book.

    Now we just have to hope Headley figures it out

  • gageagainstthemachine

    If Headley succeeds and the Yankees want to re-up with him, I can’t wait for the “ARod returning saga” that clusterfuck becomes in the offseason.
    Hopefully, my sarcasm was thick enough. Why can’t they just be rid of ARod already?!

    • trr

      If wishing were doing, we’d be the champs every year.
      I can’t imagine what a circus it’s gonna be next year.
      For now, I just hope that Headley provides an upgrade for us the rest of the season. If his back holds up, I think he will.

    • Daniel

      A-Rod is going to be the SS next season anyway so no big deal.

      • Now Batting

        I know you’re joking but hmmm.

  • No 2013 again

    Is he playing tonight??

    • Dalek Jeter

      I think the article said the team plans for it, but I guess there is always the chance he gets stuck in O’Hare (Padres are in Chicago) and doesn’t get here in time.

      • Yankee$

        Weather is great in Chicago. No O’Hare issues.

  • No 2013 again

    By the way, to turn Solarte and Nuno into potentially solid pieces is a major win. Good job.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Solarte,it’s been real. You’re a good dude, fun to root for. I hope you stick in SD. With that said, GODDAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO HAVE AN EVERYDAY 3B!

  • Tar

    Incredible job Cashman. It only took you half a year and a SP prospect to find a decent 3rd baseman. ( fingers crossed on the herniated disk). Chase has to be an improvement over the last back issue, bald headed 3rd baseman you wasted 13 million on. So keep up the good work

    Find a power hitting RF’er next…… and it will be sainthood for you.

    • Evan3457

      Maybe I’m reading you incorrectly, but why would the Padres have traded Headley for DePaula and Solarte at the start of the season, or even before very recently?

      • Tar

        I really wasn’t talking specifically about acquiring Headley. My point was more that Cashman should have had a real 3rd baseman to start the year, not half way in. He really got lucky that Solarte gave him as much time as he did. Kind of saved his butt early on. So I was just having a little fun with Cashman and his worshippers who are praising this move, when I think it’s kind of late in the game, roll of the dice.

        Cashman’s whole roster construction this year has been a head scratcher. All middle infielders and no 3rd or back-up 1b ( Tex surgery). And why sign Ryan so early and for so long? Soriano and his power, or lack thereof, should never have been so important to this team. And FTR I saw Sori’s demise coming late last year. How did the “experts” not see it coming?

        Anyway heres hoping that Headley stays healthy and kicks ass from here on out.

        • Old Man Time

          Who was this mysterious third baseman Cashman should have acquired sooner? I guess you’re one of these guys who think “force trade” works in real life.

          • Tar

            Why sign Ryan, Johnson and Roberts and no 3rd baseman?

            • Old Man Time

              That didn’t answer the question.

  • MB923

    I haven’t read through all the comments but I assume I am the only one who thinks the Yankees gained nothing out of this.

    2012 is History. Just like 2011 when Matt Kemp was the real MVP (now has a WAR ranked 91st out of 92 OFers the past 2 seasons), Ricky Romero was a Cy Young candidate as was Jake Peavy and CC Sabathia.

    No doubt his defense is great, but he doesn’t improve this team what it needs most and that’s offense

    I’m not saying Solarte is a huge loss, but this is not that big of a gain for the Yankees. Also not saying defense isn’t important, but it can be very overvalued.

    I don’t think YS will change him much either (now watch him hit well), because he’s hit better at Petco this year somehow.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Chase Headley doesn’t need to be 2012 Chase Headley to be better than every player the Yankees have tried out at the hot corner this season.

      • MB923

        No but he can’t continue the 2014 Chase Headley of Offense which is more likely to happen than the 2012 Chase Headley.

        • W.B. Mason Williams

          Why does it have to be either/or?

          If Chase Headley has a 100 wRC+ for the rest of the season, he’s an upgrade and worth more than DePaula and Solarte wrapped up in the same player.

      • Dalek Jeter

        ^ This (and I hate doing that). People act like he was a replacement player every year but 2012. His fWAR and wRC+ every year since 2010:

        2010: 4.4 fWAR, 98 wRC+
        2011: 2.3 fWAR, 121 wRC+
        2012: 7.2 fWAR, 145 wRC+
        2013: 3.5 fWAR, 113 wRC+

        If he can do what he did just last season for the remainder of this season then he’s a huge upgrade over everybody we’ve run out there except April’s Solarte.

    • Lehman College Rocks !!

      after a few months the yanks will have nothing to show for this trade

      • MB923

        Exactly right. Not like Solarte or Depaula have future AS potential but at least the Padres get cost controlled players for 5-6 years whereas Headley is likely a goner.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Solarte was great in April, there is no denying that…but I think it’s more probable that his April 2014 plus two months of Headley will be more valuable than the next ~5 years of Solarte. DePaula’s a wild card but, IMO it’s a needed risk in this case.

        • OldYanksFan

          Cost control means nothing unless you have (at least) an average MLB’er.

        • Scott

          Some guys will complain no matter what the Yankees do. MB is one of them. Cashman could have gotten Headley for free and he would have complained. Just ignore it, it might go away.

          • MB923

            Not true in the least. I actually liked the McCarthy trade a lot and I heard many people complain about that. Maybe YOU were one of those people because it wasn’t me.

            It’s not about what the Yankees lost, it’s about what they gained. Are you trying to say Headley has been a great hitter this year? It’s a simple question.

        • Old Man Time

          You used to be more level-headed than this. I think all your time over at MLBTR is rotting your brain.

          • MB923

            LOL perhaps.

  • I Voted for Kodos

    I was just killing some time browsing through Headley’s fangraphs page and noticed that he’s got a career low BABIP to go along with a career high LD%. Most of the rest of his batted ball numbers fall in his career norms. He’s just traded some grounders for liners. Maybe there is a bit of a bounceback coming.

  • Lehman College Rocks !!

    we miss solarte already

  • Richie Rich

    The story of Chase Headley is a cautionary tale of what can happen when teams don’t sell at the right time. For a top 5 MVP candidate a few years ago, all they ended up netting were two middling minor leaguers, as well as millions of dollars of sunk salary.

    It’s a perfect example of why the Yankees should in fact be sellers at this year’s deadline. The time has little chance of making the post season, let alone progressing very far. The final blow was the injury to Tanaka.

    The Yankees should be selling high on Betances, Robertson, and Gardner, for example. They could net a ton of chips for these players. They would be positioning themselves for the next few seasons. Instead, here we find ourselves, cobbling together another roster of has-beens and wash-ups, seemingly piecing things along from one season to the next. For a team with a $200MM payroll, this is inexcusable.

    Everyone seems to be lauding Cashman for the Headley trade, without realizing that this barely moves the needle (in the event that he does manage to play through his herniated disc). These roster moves are not bold and decisive, and do not position the Yankees for sustainable success, no matter what the parrots on RAB message boards would like to think.

    • Lehman College Rocks !!

      keep betances

    • Chris in Maine

      Eddard, is that you?

      • Lehman College Rocks !!

        did he graduate from Lehman college ?

    • Scott

      So when the Yanks trade those three, who will play LF, close and set up the next few years for the Yanks?

      And I wholeheartedly disagree with your final sentence: “These roster moves are not bold and decisive, and do not position the Yankees for sustainable success, no matter what the parrots on RAB message boards would like to think.”

      By trading away nothing and getting minor upgrades the Yanks are keeping their quality young minor leaguers for sustainable success. You whine too much, go find a teat to suckle on.

      • AndrewYF

        Don’t worry about it. Next year, they should be sellers too, and trade anyone who has a pulse. Then, they’ll have a lot of prospects! Of course, they won’t be ready and some will flame out, so they’ll have to continue to be sellers for the next 2-4 seasons. But they could have potential!

    • Old Man Time

      Yeah, Betances, Roberts, and Gardner are going to net you a real solid core of players. You guys love to yell “sell”, but you have zero fucking realistic expectations of what the return would be nor the ability to sit through a rebuild.

    • Old Man Time

      Also, how about the cautionary tale of prospects don’t always work out like you want? Ask any team that has traded Cliff Lee.

  • Evan3457

    The only terrifying thing to me is…

    …perhaps Tex’ injury is worse than they’re letting on, and it will have to be Johnson at 1st for good long stretch, and that’s why they made the move for Headley now?

    I have no evidence to support this at all. Pure speculation on my part.

    • lightSABR

      My theory: they made the move for Headley now because tomorrow the Padres’ FO will be sober again.

      • vicki

        what padres FO?

        • lightSABR

          Ha. I was being intentionally vague, since I actually have no idea who signed off on the trade from the other side. The owner, maybe? In that case, Cash could have waited – owners are never sober.

  • No 2013 again

    Another thing, we can now let KJ handle second and kick Roberts out of this team. I know it’s a small improvement, but KJ leads BRob 91 to 85 in wRC+ and he’s better on D as well (can anyone be worse that BRob this season?).

    And who knows, maybe playing 2B makes him more confortable at the plate.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      I’d do the reverse. I’d rather have Roberts over Johnson right now.

      • No 2013 again

        Despite the evidence (go look the stats) that KJ is the better hitter and fielder?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          I’d rather have a semi-functional hitter over no-production.

          I understand stats show it, but ultimately, we’d be better off without both. If I had a gun at my head and had to choose one, I’d go Roberts.

  • Chasing Head

    I like this move for many reasons, one of which is my screen name.

    • Paisa

      And the home run calls incorporating “bomb head” somehow.

  • Argenys

    I was about to suggest Drew Stubbs, wouldn’t lose virtually any defense compared to Ichiro, has a much better bat, could be our #3/4 outfielder next year playing off the bench and sparing Beltran of about half the games he’ll no doubt need to dh/have off.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Eh, he seems to be a complete creation of Coors Field. After being borderline replacement level the past two seasons he’s hitting a ton at Coors (.357/.386/.628) but is just terrible on the road (.229/.277/.343) this year. So take away Coors and he’s essentially the same as Ichiro.

      • OldYanksFan

        ….he’s essentially the same as Ichiro… without the BA, Speed or Defense.

        ftfy.

  • Dick M

    I looked at Headley’s numbers some more. He kept improving through his mid-20’s, has the career year at 28, then falls of the map. Kind of a strange career arc, unless he’s hurt. He even got the bounce from the epidural. If he was a horse, you wouldn’t bet on him.

    Of course, he’s better than what we got.

  • Charles

    Great deal by Cashman, he got Headley and cash for a flash in the pan career minor leaguer and a single A pitching prospect. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Headley put up a big 2nd half. Although I am more happy with the defensive upgrade he brings, going from below average to gold glove is a bigger upgrade than I think he’ll give offensively.

    Overall I’d still like to see Cashman get a starter and a right handed power threat to put in right field to move Ichiro back to a bench role.

  • Grover

    Excellent roll of the dice on a switch hitting rental.

  • Paisa

    Love this deal for multiple reasons. It both fills a need and preserves the resources needed to fill the other holes on the roster in right and in the rotation. I have to pause for a minute though because it’s hard to believe the pads couldn’t find a better deal. Whether that is a reflection on Minaya as a Gm or Headley’s health only time will tell. He had apparently hit well since the injection so hopefully he holds up.

  • Farewell Mo

    The best part of this trade is hopefully the moronic ‘Yangeddard” handle will be put to rest!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      You’re way too hopeful. The second Headley strikes out with a man in scoring position Yangeddard will raise from the grave with a five paragraph essay about how Cashman failed by giving up on Solarte.

      • RetroRob

        Or will this signal the arrival of Headdard?

  • Lehman College Rocks !!

    chase is rocking in july

    July 65 6 21 4 1 1 9 .323

    • Lehman College Rocks !!

      most of the article on the trade only give his performance for the year
      he has been hot in July
      they don’t mention that
      shame on their terrible reporting
      he could set the yanks on fire
      and take us to the WS !!!!!!!

  • CMed21

    Barney was just DFA’d, call me crazy but I think the Yankees should get him. His bat is terrible, but he at least plays above average defense. Brian Roberts isn’t that much better offensively than him, and Id be willing to trade little offense for much better defense. The Yankees infield defense could actually look decent with Barney at 2nd and Headley at 3rd, which is good considering we have ground ball pitchers in Kuroda, McCarthy, and Greene.

    • Scott

      I actually thought of the same thing. At the very least, I wonder if they can’t stash him in AAA until Roberts gets hurt (tonight may be the night).

  • Wayne

    Rafael DePaula could Have. Been a power reliever for us.
    Him José Ramírez and Dellin Betances what atrio that could Have been.
    Guessing José Ramírez is going to get traded.
    I am afraid the yankees are going to give up Luis Severino and Aaron Judge for bullshit players.
    They are not worth giving up for Jeff Samardzija or David Price or Wade Miley.
    I am crossing my fingers but something tells me i will be extremely dissappointed with who the yankees will give up in starting pitching prospects and position player prospects this july and august and september and in offseason this year leading into 2015.
    You know the yankees are going to do something štupid in a trade soon.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Should this be read in iambic pentameter or…?

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        I prefer dactylic myself.

  • Paisa

    Sort of reminds one of the swisher deal way back when.

  • http://www.computerdoctorswebsitedesign.com Computer Doctors

    Hey Jorge Steinbrenner, I told you on Sundays open night thread that Headley could be had for peanuts and I was right, S0larte from the scarp heap and DePaula a second level fringe prospect who projects as a future reliever at best for Headley!!!!! Now it is time to pry away Cole Hamels form the Phils and Stanton from the Fish…..

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Acquiring Chase Headley at the lowest point of his value is not the same as getting a long-term southpaw ace or a cost-controlled right handed bopper.

      Assembling and paying the pieces for one? Maybe if we were willing to gut the system. Yes, Judge and Severino.

      But both? I sincerely doubt it’s possible.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You win.

      What does he win, anyway?

  • cooolbreeez

    I think this was a smart move and is all about how healthy Headley is. The SSS of his last month shows his hitting is improving. The defense is solid and real need to upgrade and could mean a lot to pitchers like McCarthy. We gave up little that was helping the team today and by all accounts De Paula is a reach with MLB bullpen upside.

    What if we catch lighting in a bottle with Headley,get Chase Utley to waive his NTC and Cliff Lee? I know Lee got bombed last night but if he gets healthy…

  • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    An excellent defender will help Jeter for sure. So we are buying…..

    If the Padres are selling, let’s go after one of those starters Mike wrote about recently.

  • TopChuckie

    With all the money they are getting in the Headley deal, now they can afford to take on all of Lee’s contract and hold on to the quality prospects.

    Cashman is a genius.

  • RetroRob

    Klaw wrote that for Headley, the Padres received a future reliever and a “4A player.” He expanded on De Paula as a future reliever saying he has “a live fastball and poor command but no consistent second pitch yet.”

    As his full write up is behind the Insider pay wall, I won’t say anything more. He basically spent more time talking about the missed opportunity of the Padres by not trading Headley a few years back.

    • Tuscan Chicken

      Remember when he thought DePaula was a reliever last year and people thought he was crazy? Good stuff.

      • Ron

        Law sucks. He just hedges his bets and says everyone without command is a reliever and hopes for the best. He is right just based on stats. When is the last time this clown predicted anything that has come try? Trout is a major leaguer, thank Keith.

        • Tuscan Chicken

          Law was one of the only people to rank Trout ahead of Harper in his rankings.

        • RetroRob

          No, what he gives is the straight assessment of the player, and he does it from a base of knowledge, by scouting the player, and talking to scouts throughout the game.

          When the Yankees drafted Culver, he said it was an overdraft, and it was. People flipped out here. When he saw Culver in person, he said he couldn’t switch hit

          • RetroRob

            …and he was right. Culver gave up hitting RH’d a year later.

            You can live in bubble and believe your team’s prospects are all wonderful. Or you can read people like Law who will tell you the positives and the negatives. He’s done that now with Severino. He recognizes he’s a fine prospect, but you’re not going to hear him comparing him to Pedro Martinez. Some fans, maybe most, just want to have their teams’ prospects fellated in the news. You won’t get that from Law. You’ll get the truth.

  • Alfred

    Why oh why did I buy a Solarte jersey?

    Ah well, we’ll always have that one spring in 2014.

  • BigLoving

    Alright let’s cool it with all the praise for Cashman for making this deal. This was an obvious trade in the works and the Yankees could have gotten away with giving up nothing for Headley and just taking on the salary. There is not one team in contention for the playoffs right now that does’t already have a better option at third than Headley. Either the Padre’s were going to trade Headley to the Yankees or pay him for the rest of the year to battle it out for last place in the NL west.

    Was this the right move for the Yankees to make? Yes. But Cashman could have held on to Solarte and RDP without giving up ANYTHING to get Headley. Being that every team in contention right now has a better 3b than Headley, I can’t see anyone else giving up anything being that he is a FA after the year. Although Solarte and RDP aren’t much, they still have potential and giving away any potential with this weak farm system is a fail on Cash when there were no other teams that would have been in the hunt for Headley.

    • Old Man Time

      So, if the Padres were just going to give him away, why didn’t Toronto jump in and grab him?

      • BigLoving

        Brett Lawrie and Juan Francisco. Lawrie is the 3b of the future for the Jays and at least Francisco has power to show for it. Why would the Jays downgrade at 3b by grabbing Headley?

        • Old Man Time

          Why were the Jays pursuing Headley then?

          • BigLoving

            I never read anything concrete that they were. Could have been the Padres who put it out there to try and make Cashman panic.

    • nyyankfan_7

      Jesus Christ – what is it like to think the sky is falling every morning you wake up?

      • BigLoving

        How is this a sky is falling scenario? I said getting Headley was the right move to make. My point was that there is not one team in baseball that would have been after Headley besides the Yankees. Every team in contention has a better 3b than Headley. And why would a team out of contention pay his remaining salary when he is going to be a FA at the end of the season?

        Let me ask you…..what is it like to get your panties in a bunch every time someone disagrees with you with a valid point?

        • Old Man Time

          Except the Jays were. It was widely reported.

    • Cheval Anonyme

      Who would you have cut from the 40 man roster, then?

      • BigLoving

        Kelly Johnson, Zealous Wheeler, Scott Sizemore, Bruce Billings, Preston Claiborne I suppose.

  • forensic

    Not great, but not terrible. I don’t care about giving up Solarte and I’m kind of so so on DePaula. But, I also don’t see Headley as that much of a improvement, if any, given his injuries and lack of production.

    He does fit right in with his sub-.300 OBP though.

    • Mikhel

      Plus… his defense it really isn’t all that great. Good move by the Padres turning a sack of potatoes into a pitcher (in a pitcher friendly park that has made Ian Kennedy look wonderful) and an IF.

      • RetroRob

        His defense still rates positive and even a diminished Headley has been worth more than year-of-his-life Solarte (ok, a couple of months, but he’s having year of his life baseball wise.) Headley has been healthier so the rest of the way he’s probably worth up to a couple wins over Solarte, who gave us his best and the league caught up. McCarthy and Headley are about incremental improvements, a win or two here, a win or two there.

        DePaula? Who knows. The lottery card. The Padres haven’t turned him into a MLB pitcher. He’s a 23-year-old in A ball with command issues and in need of another pitch. I cant’ give them credit since they could have traded him for several top prospects a couple years back, and even good prospects last year. Now they got…nothing of note.

      • hogsmog

        His defense is better than Solarte’s, and it’s no guarantee DePaula ever even throws a pitch in the MLB, and an even smaller chance that when he does it will be for the Padres. Get real dude.

  • BillyBall

    I’m sorry fellas but again I have to say the Cash prooved many of you wrong. Earlier in season I targeted Headley for a trade and suggested sending a B level prospect at best back to Padres. I later said in post I’m not trying to play fantasy GM but it would be a decent idea. A few RAB addicts said no way we are trading a B level prospect! It would take so much more!!!

    LMAO

    that’s just what the CASH did big guy!

    To all you fantasy GM’s, please find another Hobby!

  • Mikhel

    I hope Headley can turn the corner now that he’s in NY but fron what I have seen from him at PetCo for years he is a mediocre hitter who had a really good season, and while above average fielding, he is nothing to write home about.

    Sure his glove is better than Kelly Johnson and Solarte (Wheeler is a fair comparison in catching skills, not range though), his range is better than Zelous’ range but covers about the same as Solarte.

    PetCo might be a pitchers park, but Chase as Adrián, knew how to take advantage of the wind (specially in beautiful hot and humid days like today here in south cali), but… still is a mediocre batter who could maybe find a niche in YS III if he sticks to bat lefthanded instead of switching.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Damn, this is pretty much the best case scenario.

    NinjaCash strikes again!

  • GGBG Fan

    I think this is an awesome, low risk high reward get. Here’s an interesting idea. With no 2015 FA third basemen jumping off the page: if Headley really starts to hit second half, could we consider keeping him, and moving Rodriguez back to short? If a 40 year old Jeter can play it…

    • vicki

      i thought this would be a super idea when the rod came back from injury last summer. now? forget it.

    • RetroRob

      There was a time with A-Rod was better than Jeter at SS. If A-Rod went to SS next year, he’d make Jeter 2014 look like Ozzie Smith prime.

      • Chris H

        Yeah two torn hips tends to limit your mobility some I assume.

  • D23

    Worth a gamble type of trade.

    DePaula has been coming on as of the last 10 starts due to improving sliders. When he has command of his sliders that set up nicely for his FBs. The other night he lasted only 3-4 innings as they got to his FBs because his sliders wasn’t on. He has potential but this is the type of pitchers we can ill-afford to lose because we still have guys like Hensely, Encinas, and others who can easily replace him next year…

    Solarte is equivalent to some guys we have at A level. Pirela actually is a better hitter then him imo but we got to see what Pirela can do in ML, if he ever gets there with the Yanks.

  • BillyBall

    Sorry boys but I wrote a post a month back suggesting Cash make a move to get Headley and trade a B level prospect or prospects for him.

    One idiotic know it all RAB addict wrote the following
    ” why in the world do you think all it would take is a few B level prospects, sorry but it’s going to take allot more than that”

    Really now?

    Can’t make this up.

    great job by the Cash. Rumor is Toronto was also in on Headley and according to MLB they had better prospects to offer than the Yankees. You cannot believe everything you read and start trusting the Cash and BillyBalls!!!!

    i’m starting to think the Cash reads RAB when I post something and runs back to ownership and states “BillyBalls said Headley for a B Level Prospect or prospects, lets get em done”.

  • vicki

    i realize there’s noone at the wheel in san diego, but i’m still impressed that the price was so low. were they afraid he’d accept the QO?

  • trollhunter

    I have seen De Paula pitch in Tampa he actually took over for CC in one of his rehab starts. De Paula threw the ball effortlessly and the Blue Jay single A hitters looked overmatched. I was surrounded by scouts eith radar guns and knew De Paula’s Yankee days were numbered. Im cutious to see how he develops.

  • CashmanNinja

    I am absolutely fucking THRILLED with this trade! I know Headley isn’t waht he was just a few years ago, but he’s really been coming around and at the very least will give us solid defense and an average bat. But like I said…he’s been coming around the last month or so thanks to (I believe) a different grip of the bat in his batting stance. We didn’t have to give up much and I’m hoping Yankee Stadium helps rehab Headley’s value big time.

  • Kiko Jones

    Sorry, wrong thread.

  • Kiko Jones

    “It effectively ended the careers of Johan Santana, Rich Harden, Mark Prior, and Chien-Ming Wang, among others.”

    Um, Wang signed with the White Sox a couple of days ago and was 8-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 19 games this season for the Reds’ Triple-A Louisville.