The Yankees have re-signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Yankees have since announced the deal.
Headley spent the final two months of the season with the Yankees. He was acquired by New York before the July 31 trade deadline, and was very good for them out at third base. With Alex Rodriguez coming back this season, it appears that he will be playing more first base and designated hitter, considering that the Yankees now have a solid option at the hot corner in Headley.
Going to a hitter's park in Yankees Stadium from the pitcher's wonderland out in San Diego helped Headley's power through the rest of last season. His slugging percentage increased by 43 points, as he hit just one less homer in a Yankees uniform than he did with San Diego, coming in over 83 less plate appearances. Headley, who hit 31 homers back in 2012, could be a nice investment for New York.
The Yankees have made quite a few moves this offseason, signing Andrew Miller to a $36 million deal, while also acquiring shortstop Didi Gregorious from the Diamondbacks in a three-team deal. Overall, the Yankees have an interesting infield, with Mark Teixeira at first, Martin Prado at second, Gregorious at short, and now Headley at third. Alex Rodriguez will likely play designated hitter, where Chris Young currently resides on their depth chart.
Headley, 30, slashed .243/.328/.372 with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in over 531 plate appearances with the Padres and Yankees in 2014. Headley was a great defender and was worth 13 defensive runs saved in 1082.2 innings at third base. He was worth a total 4.4 fWAR.