|Headley, for just $3.475 million, would be a cost-friendly upgrade at 3B for the Dodgers. (US Presswire)|
"The Dodgers like Headley a lot,'' one baseball executive on another team said.
The Padres are willing to listen to offers for Headley, but are saying they would need to be ovwhelemed to deal the switch-hitting standout who's hitting .273 with eight home runs and 38 RBI.
Several teams have checked in on Headley since it began being known the Padres are willing to consider offers. Many of the teams that considered Kevin Youkilis should be interested. The Indians, Pirates, Orioles and Diamondbacks are among teams who are logical here.
The Padres are believed to be willing to consider making in-division trades, so the Dodgers and Diamondbacks can't be ruled out.
The Dodgers, losers of five straight to fall out of first place, are expected to be big players at the deadline. They've gone into an offensive funk lately and have fallen to 22nd in scoring runs as superstar Matt Kemp's absence is catching up to them. The Dodgers could use an offensive upgrade at a few places, but third base and frst base are among the spots where they could use help.
Headley, 28, is well-regarded, as his career OPS on the road is .812 compared to .666 at home. Another big plus: he makes only $3.475 million.