May 9 – Happy Birthday Chase Headley

71Imj-OWJvL._SY355_One of the few positive stories emanating from Yankee Stadium during the first month of the 2014 regular season was the overall on-the-field production of third baseman Yangervis Solarte. He played with a hunger you’d expect a veteran of eight minor league seasons would have but by mid-June, his cooled off bat was an indication of why those eight years had been necessary.

Yankee GM Brian Cashman then made one of his better deals by getting San Diego to give him their starting third baseman, the switch-hitting Chase Headley, in exchange for Yangervis and a minor league pitcher named Rafael De Paula. The change of scenery proved a positive for Headley, who had smacked 31 home runs and led the NL with 115 RBIs during a breakout 2012 season but had slumped badly from those highs in 2013. The 30-year-old native of Fountain, Colorado proved to be a good fielder for New York, exhibited a good clubhouse presence and his .371 on base percentage during his 58 games in pinstripes was an indication that he could also be an offensive asset in the Bronx.

It was evidently good enough for Cashman, who signed the free agent Headley to a four-year $50 million-plus deal in December of 2014. The signing also confirmed the Yanks had no intention of using Alex Rodriguez at the hot corner, when he returns from his suspension in 2015. The only other Yankee born on this day was this first baseman who played just 3 games for the 1909 Highlanders.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2014 TOT 135 531 470 55 114 20 1 13 49 7 51 122 .243 .328 .372 .700
2014 SDP 77 307 279 27 64 12 1 7 32 4 22 73 .229 .296 .355 .651
2014 NYY 58 224 191 28 50 8 0 6 17 3 29 49 .262 .371 .398 .768
8 Yrs 966 3944 3477 426 923 194 13 93 418 76 406 893 .265 .347 .409 .756
SDP (8 yrs) 908 3720 3286 398 873 186 13 87 401 73 377 844 .266 .346 .410 .756
NYY (1 yr) 58 224 191 28 50 8 0 6 17 3 29 49 .262 .371 .398 .768
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2014.
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