The Yankees have successfully retained third baseman Chase Headley after trading for him midway through the 2014 season. The two sides agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal today, pending a physical.
Before coming over to the Big Apple, the 30-year-old Headley spent eight seasons with the Padres, hitting a combined .266/.346/.410. The highlight of his San Diego career came in 2012, an MVP-caliber season in which he hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs, taking home a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove in the process. He has since struggled to live up to his breakout 2012 campaign, only managing an OPS south of .700 in the intervening seasons.
Headley showed some signs of life with New York, as a much more hitter-friendly ballpark helped him to a .262/.371/.398 line and six home runs in 224 plate appearances. These numbers are still nowhere near his MVP campaign, but much more in line with Headley's career figures. This was enough to convince Yankees GM Brian Cashman to pull the trigger and solidify the Yankees' hot corner with this signing.