YANKEES ACQUIRE HEADLEY FROM PADRES AND MAYBE MORE TO COME….
By Rich Mancuso
Looking to improve an offense, the New York Yankees with an overall team batting average of .252 made a move early Tuesday. GM Brian Cashman made his first significant move before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres.
The deal sends rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego and the Yankees will also receive $1million in return. The deal will be officially announced pending particulars and it may be the first of more.
New York, trailing first game Baltimore by four games in the Al East, struggled once again at the [late Tuesday night and committed five errors. Also, with four-fifths of a starting pitching rotation injured, a source said Cashman is shopping for a starter and also looking to improve an offense that has not been up to par.
The deal for Headley also gives the Yankees an upgrade in the infield. First baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to miss the final three games at home with the Texas Rangers with strain of the lower lat muscle on the left side of the lower back. Teixeira is the team home run and RBI leader.
Headley is batting .229 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. He had been rumored to be traded in his walk-off free agent year. The switch hitter was a candidate for NL MVP honors in 2012 with 31 home runs and a league leading 115 RBI and won a Gold Glove.
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