Yankees have no plans to enter bidding war for Headley

Though many have expected the Yankees to ultimately bring back Chase Headley next season, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the club has no interest in entering a potential bidding war for Headley, if it eventually comes to that.

It’s an interesting turn in the situation, given the fact that other teams are likely to ramp up their pursuit of Headley in the wake of Pablo Sandoval signing with the Red Sox. It’s possible that the Giants will go after Headley as a potential replacement for Sandoval, while the Indians have been mentioned as another team that has some interest.

Adding yet another curveball, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the Yankees are only willing to offer Headley a three-year deal — something that could be a dealbreaker. With Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez gone from what was already a thin market of potential third basemen, it’s not unreasonable to believe that Headley could land a four-year deal elsewhere.

The Yankees, meanwhile, could turn over third base duties to in-house replacement candidate Martin Prado. That would leave the Bronx Bombers with prospects Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela for second base, unless they pursue an outside option.

The Yankees, of course, could simply be posturing in this case and ultimately decide to match any offer to Headley down the road. That said, if they truly feel confident enough in Prado as their starting third baseman, it could make sense to use that money elsewhere.

— Paul Casella

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