Yankees add Headley in three-player deal
The Yankees made a move to bolster their starting lineup Tuesday, when they dealt Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula to San Diego for Chase Headley.
Headley, formerly the longest-tenured Padre, will give the Yankees an experienced switch-hitter who has won both a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in his big-league career. Headley won both of those awards in 2012, when he finished fifth in the National League’s MVP balloting.
Headley is batting just .229 with seven home runs for the Padres this season, and that follows a season that saw him hit .250 with 13 homers in 141 games. Headley is a .266 hitter with a .366 on-base percentage and 87 home runs and 401 RBIs in 908 games.
Solarte batted .254 with a .337 on-base percentage in 75 games for the Yankees, and he’ll give the Padres a younger option at the hot corner.
De Paula, a right-handed pitcher, was originally signed by the Yankees out of the Dominican Republic. De Paula, 23 years old, is 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA for Class A Tampa this year.
– Spencer Fordin