Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Padres acquire Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell from Yankees, trade Ryan Schimpf

Padres acquire Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell from Yankees, trade Ryan Schimpf

The move is essentially a salary dump, as the Yankees want to get Headley off the books, but needed to give up a reliever with potential in Mitchell to do so. That could get Todd Frazier back for them, perhaps.

Originally selected by the Yankees in the 16th-round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, the 6-3, 210-pound right-hander has gone 2-6 with a 4.94 ERA (54 ER, 98.1 IP) in 38 Major League appearances (nine starts) and 30-43 with a 4.16 ERA (294 ER, 635.1 IP) with 584-to-284 SO/BB ratio in 137 minor appearances (131 starts). Although Cashman very likely will make additions, the 40-man roster includes Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade and top prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, who could play the positions.

Headley is under contract for one more season and is owed $13 million. He became a free agent at the end of the year but it's no secret he grew up as a Yankees fan and he spoke positively of the experience in NY at the end of the season.

A day after finalizing its acquisition of NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from Miami, the Yankees dealt with their infield logjam and cut their payroll to about $167 million for luxury tax purposes.

Last season Frazier was paid $12 million between the White Sox and Yankees.

The Yankees have long thought Mitchell could accomplish big things, but he never fully panned out in pinstripes.

Headley played in San Diego from 2007 to midway through the 2014 season. Mitchell, who is out of options, is not yet eligible for salary arbitration. He, of course, played for the Padres from 2007 through the middle of 2014, when he was dealt to NY. 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. "A guy at 26 years old, four years of control".

In 99 major league games, Blash hit.200 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs and scored 31 runs.

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