Report: Giants getting ‘aggressive’ with Headley

The Giants will enter the Winter Meetings in San Diego with three clear needs: a starting pitcher, a left fielder and a third baseman. With former Giant Pablo Sandoval off the board and Hanley Ramirez joining him with the Red Sox, it appears San Francisco is turning its attention toward the next-best free-agent option at third.

That’d be Chase Headley, the former Padres and Yankees third baseman.

According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Giants are “turning aggressive” in their pursuit of Headley.

Rosenthal notes that it’s “unclear” how that relates to the Giants’ well-documented interest in free-agent lefty starter Jon Lester but categorizes the Giants as having a “solid interest” in Headley regardless.

Headley would certainly fit the bill for the Giants. He turns 31 in May, and he has spent the majority of his career in the National League West with the Padres. He won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in 2012, when he finished fifth in the NL MVP voting.

Headley has never been able to match his performance that season, though he still put up a solid .243/.328/.372 batting line with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 135 games last year. In 45 career games at AT&T Park, Headley has hit .254/.330/.391 with four homers.

Headley reportedly has a four-year offer in hand worth about $65 million, though it’s unclear from whom that proposal came. The Marlins have been linked to Headley as well.

Right now, the Giants’ top third-base option is utility man Joaquin Arias.

-Adam Berry

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