Freddy Sanchez aiming to be ready for Opening Day

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Shoulder surgery ended Freddy Sanchez’s season in mid-June, but he’s under contract for $6 million in 2012 and said yesterday that he hopes to be in the Opening Day lineup.

Sanchez told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s advanced to throwing from 60 feet, saying “the shoulder is coming along great” and “my strength has come a long way.”

Sanchez has missed nearly 50 percent of the Giants’ games since they acquired him from the Pirates in mid-2009, yet general manager Brian Sabean has signed him to a pair of contract extensions during that time.

If healthy he’ll combine with Brandon Crawford as the Giants’ new double-play duo, but San Francisco also has Mike Fontenot around as a backup plan.

Report: Yankees trade Chase Headley to the Padres

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that a source is telling him that the Yankees have traded Bryan Mitchell and Chase Headley to the San Diego Padres.

Headley, a third baseman, hit .273/.352/.406 for the Yankees last year. He, of course, played for the Padres from 2007 through the middle of 2014, when he was dealt to New York. Mitchell has pitched 48 games for the Yankees, most from the pen, over four seasons, with an ERA of 4.94 in 98.1 innings. He doesn’t strike out many and he walks a lot.

No word yet on what the Padres could be sending to New York. We’ll obviously update as soon as more is learned.