It’s almost the end of July and the New York Yankees aren’t in first place. You know what time it is then right? Brian Cashman time. The trade deadline is eight days away and the Yankees have started their push to make improvements for a playoff run. Cashman started off the push by addressing the third base spot. The Yanks dealt away struggling rookie Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to the San Diego Padres for third baseman Chase Headley.
Headley has been struggling this season, but is undoubtedly an upgrade over the mannequin dressed in Kelly Johnson’s uniform. Headley is only hitting .229 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs, but to be fair the Padres home park, Petco Park is humongous. In 2012 Headley 31 home runs, batted .286 and drove in 115 runs in a MVP caliber season. The closer confines of Yankee Stadium can reignite the Headley from 2012. If it doesn’t he can’t be worse than the Kelly Johnson/Zelous Wheeler/Solarte platoon that has failed miserably to replace the suspended Alex Rodriguez.
Headley was in Chicago when traded so the team is hopeful he can step into the lineup tonight against the lowly Texas Rangers who beat the Yankees last night 4-2. Do not expect this move to be Cashman’s last as the Yankees try and make Derek Jeter’s last season more memorable than Mariano Rivera’s.