Chase Headley’s breakout season led to speculation about whether the Padres would try to sign the third baseman to a long-term contract extension, but it doesn’t sound likely anytime soon.
Headley is under contract through 2014 and Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that “no discussions have taken place to date.”
Headley has always been a very solid all-around player whose raw offensive numbers were deflated by calling Petco Park home. That all changed this year as he hit .286 with 31 homers and an .875 OPS while leading the NL with 115 RBIs and the switch-hitter will benefit from the Padres moving in the fences for 2013.
While the two sides apparently aren’t engaging in extension talks general manager Josh Byrnes did stress that the Padres aren’t looking to trade Headley, saying: “I think people know we’re not going to move him.”
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.