The New York Yankees have announced that they have signed a four-year deal with free agent third baseman Chase Headley. The deal pays Headley $52 million with plate appearance incentives that could boost the overall deal to $56 million. Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal was going down.
The long-time Padre was traded to the Yankees in 2014. In 224 plate appearances in the Bronx, Headley hit .262/.371/.398 with six home runs and 17 RBI while playing solid defense. He’s 30, and a four-year deal may seem longish, but the Yankees could really use him given that Alex Rodriguez is pushing 40 and just had a year off and really can’t be relied upon to be an everyday position player. Indeed, he may utterly crater and be cut in spring training for all we know.
Now, between Headley and Didi Gregorius, New York has shored up the left side of the infield for the next few years.
Also worth noting: they may have done so, at least at third base, better than the Red Sox did:
Jorge Arangue of Vice Sports has a report up today which details the alleged scamming of two beloved ex-Yankees, Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras. It talks about a lawsuit the two have filed against their former financial advisors, alleging that they were scammed out of millions due to questionable investments and inside-dealing.
It also gives some insight into how many players, particularly Latin players whose first language is not English (or, as in Contreras’ case speak no English at all) are at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with business and financial advisors. Interesting stuff.
This tweet from Adam McCalvy got me scratching my head:
What does a “fan experience” which honors Bud Selig look like? Is it a bar? A Bud Selig-themed bar? If so, what does that look like? I assume it’s like this:
- You and three friends enter the bar and order beers, but the bartender claims no one has ever asked him for a beer before and suggests no one really wants beer. Frankly, he’s baffled by the request;
- Three years later, the bartender brings you and one of your friends beers, but not the other two friends, because they didn’t ask twice;
- Your friends without the beers complain, the bartender says, yes, there may be issues with the way the beers were served, and says he’ll look at the matter. Three more years pass with no answer;
- Three years later, the bartender comes back to you and says, no, we’re pretty satisfied with how the beer thing was handled in general and assures you that this is the best possible solution to all of this;
- The bartender is then given a host of awards and is begged by the bar owners, constantly, to never leave employment with this bar because holy crap, what would they do without him?
Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres are “all over” Justin Upton, and speculates what it might get to pry him away from the Braves and to put him in the outfield with Matt Kemp.
He also, correctly, notes that adding Matt Kemp and Justin Upton does not a contender make. If they do take that course — and if they give the Braves the sort of return they want for Upton, which is probably a good, team-controlled pitcher — one has to wonder what in tarnation the Padres think they’re accomplishing.
UPDATE: Rosenthal says it’s a two-year deal. Bob Nightengale says it’s for $7.5 million total. Which isn’t big, obviously, but it’s probably a bit of a savings over what Harper could expect from a couple of years of arbitration. Especially if he has the sort of healthy, breakout year many people expect he’s capable of.
8:30 AM: As we’ve noted before, the Nationals and Bryce Harper were scheduled for a grievance hearing tomorrow regarding whether or not Harper can be eligible for arbitration this year. This due to confusion over an opt-out provision Scott Boras and Harper claim was in his original contract with the Nats, allowing him to hit arbitration and which the Nats claim they never agreed to.
Now, however, it’s moot: the sides have reached a settlement:
Rosenthal speculates that Harper would’ve been slated to get around $2.5 million if he had hit arbitration, and that the settlement could run in that area or it could involve a short multi-year deal which avoids this dance again in the future.