Chase Headley signs a four-year deal with the Yankees worth at least $52 million.

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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:

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.