Headley was released by the Padres on Friday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
Headley's second term with the team that drafted him back in 2005 ended in failure, as he was designated for assignment and released after hitting just .115 in 27 games. The rebuilding Padres had little reason to devote a roster spot to an underperforming veteran, but there's a good chance he finds a fit with another team in a bench role. He's a switch hitter who had posted a wRC+ of at least 92 for 10 straight seasons prior to this year, so unless the entire league believes he's completely fallen off a cliff at age 34, there's likely still a spot for him somewhere in the league. The chance of him finding enough at-bats to have much fantasy relevance seems slim, however.
Headley was designated for assignment Saturday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
It just hasn't worked out for Headley since returning to San Diego, where he spent the first several years of his major-league career. In 60 plate appearances, the veteran is hitting a mere .115/.233/.135. Still, he did hit a solid .273/.352/.406 last year for the Yankees, so he has a chance to latch on somewhere else as a productive bench bat. Cory Spangenberg will take his place on the roster.
Headley is out of the lineup Thursday against Colorado.
Headley will occupy a spot on the bench for the third straight game as Christian Villanueva earns another start at third base. During 12 plate appearances thus far in 2018, Headley has yet to accumulate a hit and has recorded five strikeouts.
Headley is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Headley was expected to be the primary third baseman for San Diego this season, but he's made just two starts this season. It wasn't overly surprising Tuesday since southpaw Kyle Freeland was hurling for Colorado, but it seems like the veteran's hitless start is playing a role in things. Christian Villanueva will man the hot corner following his three-homer night.
Headley is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.
With a southpaw toeing the rubber for the opposition (Kyle Freeland), Headley will give way to Christian Villanueva at the hot corner. Headley has hit better against righties over the course of his career, so he could continue to cede starts to Villanueva against same-handed pitching.
Headley is out of the starting lineup for the second straight day against the Brewers on Saturday.
Headley started the season opener but sat Friday for Cory Spangenberg and Christian Villanueva will receive the start at third on Saturday. This could be a platoon-related move, as the Padres face the left-handed Brent Suter. Villanueva is the only-right handed hitter of the trio, and though Headley is a switch-hitter, he's hit better against righties (111 wRC+) than lefties (100 wRC+) over the course of his career. It's possible that Villanueva ends up starting against most southpaws.
Headley is not in the lineup Friday against the Brewers.
Headley went 0-for-4 with a walk in the season opener Thursday. Cory Spangenberg will start at third base in his place Friday. Expect Headley to play close to every day, though Spangenberg will get his share of at-bats at third as well as second base and in left field.
Headley (finger) will start at third base and bat cleanup in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres.
It marks the spring debut for Headley, whose entry into the Padres' exhibition lineups was delayed after he hurt the ring finger on his throwing hand while fielding a grounder earlier this week. Headley, who was traded back to the Padres in December following three and a half seasons in the Bronx, is the frontrunner to open the 2018 campaign as San Diego's everyday third baseman. With no more than 14 home runs in any of the past five seasons, Headley rates as one of the lower-end fantasy options at the position.
Headley is day-to-day after taking a grounder off the ring finger of his right (throwing) hand Sunday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Despite the injury, Headley was able to take grounders and swing a bat on the side during Monday's workouts. He hopes to return to full action Tuesday and play in spring games by the end of the week. As things stand now, it appears this should have little impact on him once the regular season arrives.
Headley was traded to the Padres along with Bryan Mitchell on Tuesday for an undisclosed package, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Headley was entering the final year of his contract, and the Yankees had a ready replacement in Miguel Andujar, so it is not surprising that they looked to unload his salary. He is coming off his best offensive season (.273/.352/.406) since 2013 -- his last full season with San Diego. Headley should slot in as the Padres' everyday third baseman, although with no commitment beyond 2018, they might be willing to opt for a younger internal option at some point if he is not producing. He is still a fringe fantasy option in most formats, but his playing time appears to be more secure, at least for the first half of the season.
Headley will not be a part of Friday's starting nine for Game 2 of the ALDS against Cleveland, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Manager Joe Girardi will turn to Jacoby Ellsbury in the DH spot following Thursday's 4-0 loss. During that contest, Headley went 0-for-2 with one walk.
Headley is out of the lineup Monday against the Royals.
After starting five of the Yankees' last six contests and recording three hits in 17 at-bats, Headley will return to the bench with Matt Holliday resuming DH duties after a two-game hiatus. Holliday still looks like the Yankees' primary designated hitter as the playoffs approach, but an underwhelming .239/.314/.413 slash line in September could prompt manager Joe Girardi to hand more opportunities to Headley if Holliday fails to show improvement in the final week of the regular season.
Headley is out of the lineup against the Twins on Wednesday, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Headley will take a seat on the bench for Wednesday's matinee following a 1-for-4 performance with three strikeouts during Tuesday's victory. In his place, Greg Bird draws the start at first while Todd Frazier is set to man the hot corner.
Headley went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Baltimore.
The veteran has caught fire of late going 10-for-23 at the dish with three homers, four RBI and six runs through his past six games. Unfortunately, Headley is battling for playing time with Greg Bird, Todd Frazier and Matt Holliday. While there's an outside chance that Headley's recent form earns him additional at-bats moving forward, his fantasy value will probably remain limited to deep settings.
Headley went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Saturday's win over Boston.
With Todd Fraizer, Greg Bird and Matt Holliday all in the fold, Headley has been receiving a few more nights off of late, so his strong showing Saturday should help him to continue seeing semi-regular playing time. The 33-year-old veteran has turned in a respectable fantasy campaign for deep settings with a .278/.360/.421 slash line, 10 homers, 53 RBI and 63 runs, but his upside is clearly capped at this stage of his career.
Headley will start at first base and bat sixth Sunday against the Mariners.
Though Headley will start for the second straight game since Greg Bird returned from the disabled list, it might be unwise for fantasy owners to pencil him for a full slate of starts during the upcoming week. Since lefty Andrew Albers is on the hill Sunday for the Mariners, the lefty-hitting Bird will head to the bench, but there's a good chance Bird will still pick up the bulk of the starts at first base against right-handed pitching. If that's the case, Headley would have to vie with Todd Frazier for starts at the hot corner when righties are on the mound for the opposition, which would limit the opportunities for both players to some extent.
Headley is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets, Pete Caldera of The Record reports.
Despite collecting two hits in Wednesday's win, Headley will head to the bench for a breather after starting five straight games. Recently recalled Tyler Austin will start at first base in his place, batting seventh.
Headley is not in the lineup against Boston on Friday.
Headley retreats to the bench for the second consecutive contest after starting the past 10 games. The 33-year-old has been one of the hottest hitters for the Yankees recently, and should return to the lineup Saturday. Garrett Cooper picks up a start at first base for the series opener.
Headley is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Despite riding a five-game hitting streak, Headley will head to the bench for a breather after starting 10 straight contests. In his place, Garrett Cooper will start at first base, batting eighth.
Headley went 1-for-4 with a solo homer during Saturday's win over Cleveland.
Headley lacks the power and speed to be a standout fantasy option, but he sports a respectable .272 batting average and .351 on-base percentage with 43 RBI and 49 runs for the campaign, so there are plenty of settings where he's serviceable. Additionally, the veteran projects to remain a staple in the lineup moving forward, so being attached to a strong offense helps his fantasy floor.
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