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.”
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.