Tuesday, December 12, 2017
MLB trade review: Padres acquire Headley, Mitchell
The San Diego Padres have acquired 3B Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell from the New York Yankees in exchange for OF Jabari Blash.
As a young, developing team, the Padres can take in the $14 million left on Headley's deal. Headley can be a nice mentor for the young Padres. Mitchell can be a starter or a reliever, and is still a prospect. Blash wasn't even a starting OF for them. Headley was a longtime Padre, and had 115 RBIs for them in 2012.
Headley, 33, hit .273 with 12 homers, 61 RBIs and nine steals in 586 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career for the Yankees and Padres, Headley has a batting average of .264, with 130 homers, 592 RBIs and 93 stolen bases in 5701 Plate Appearances.
Mitchell, 26, had a 5.79 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 32.2 innings in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Yankees, Mitchell has a 4.94 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 98.1 innings.
For the Yankees, they needed a salary dump, with the recent acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton and his monster contract. Dumping Headley works. Blash will probably never play for the Yankees. They should of asked for Ryan Schimpf, who was traded to the Rays soon after.
Blash, 28, hit .213 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 195 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Padres, Blash has a batting average of .200, with eight homers and 21 RBIs in 279 Plate Appearances.
I think this is an even trade. The Yanks get the much needed money, and the Padres get some skill. It's very even.