Yankees trade Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell to Padres for Jabari Blash

Doug Mendoza
December 13, 2017

Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report that Headley and Bryan Mitchell have been traded to the Padres for Jabari Blash, a 29-year-old outfielder who slashed.213/.333/.341/.675 in 61 games during 2017. The Padres have agreed to take on all of the $13 million Headley is owed for 2018, which frees up money the Yankees can put towards strengthening their rotation, or perhaps the return of Todd Frazier.

NY dropped approximately $25 million under the luxury tax threshold with the move, and if they can find a taker for Jacoby Ellsbury, that number will dip even more.

"This creates payroll flexibility", Cashman said.

Last season, Headley played both third base and first base for the Yanks, and he finished the campaign with a.273 batting average, 12 home runs and 61 RBI, which represented his best overall production since 2012.

The trade was primarily a salary dump for the Yankees, and it opens up another potential spot for top prospect Gleyber Torres to enter the starting lineup in 2018. Blash has some speed to him, however, and could wind up being a decent late-game pinch-running option for NY, with the ability to defend. The Yankees must make their $500,000 payment to the Padres by January 10.

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Headley played in San Diego from 2007 to midway through the 2014 season. "I was very honest, telling him that we're going to talk to other clubs, as well". He, of course, played for the Padres from 2007 through the middle of 2014, when he was dealt to NY.

Frazier, 31, made $12 million previous year, when he hit.213 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs.

The Yankees have long thought Mitchell could accomplish big things, but he never fully panned out in pinstripes. He has spent parts of the last four seasons in New York's going 2-6 with a 4.94 ERA (48G/9 Starts).

"It's a big fastball velocity, and he's got a good breaking pitch in there, too, a power curve, " Preller said.

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