Don’t Freak Out, But The Orioles Are Interested In Chase Headley

Don’t Freak Out, But The Orioles Are Interested In Chase Headley

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If the Orioles add another position player before the deadline, Twitter might explode. If I read another stupid “why did the O’s trade for Jim Thome, he’s not a pitcher” tweet, I’m going to blow a gasket. It’s the dumbest thing someone could say about a no-lose situation.

Unfortunately for me, my fears of more idiotic responses could come true.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Orioles are among five teams believed to be interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley. The Dodgers, Pirates, Indians and Diamondbacks are the other four.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Headley will earn $3.48 million this year and will remain under team control through 2014. Can you say “third baseman of the future”?

The Padres have scored fewer runs than any other MLB team this year, but top prospect Jedd Gyorko is hitting .315/.379/.532 in the upper minors and could be called upon if the Padres complete a deal involving Headley.

With the disappointing numbers that Mark Reynolds has put up this season, the O’s could certainly use a guy who can bring some consistency to third base. We’re all still waiting for that arm though.

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