Third baseman Chase Headley is returning to his old stomping grounds.
Headley, 33, made his Major League debut for the Padres in 2007 and played in parts of eight seasons for them before being traded to the Yankees days before the 2014 trade deadline.
The Yankees also sent right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the Padres in addition to Headley. In exchange, New York received outfielder Jabari Blash.
Mitchell, 26, posted a 5.79 ERA in 20 games (one start) for the Yankees in 2017 across 32 2/3 innings. Since making his Major League debut for New York 2014, he’s 2-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 98 1/3 innings spanning 48 games (nine starts).
Blash, 28, hit .213/.333/.341 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 164 at-bats for the Padres in 2017. In 235 career at-bats for San Diego since 2016, he’s a .200 hitter.
Headley hit .262 in 1,750 at-bats for the Yankees. In his three full seasons for them, he averaged 148 games, 12 homers, and 58 RBIs.
In his career, Headley has averaged 15 homers and 68 RBIs per 162 games (1,409 total games). If you exclude his Silver Slugger 2012 campaign where he hit 31 homers and drove in 115 runs over 161 games, his 162-game averages would be 13 homers and 62 RBIs; Headley hasn’t had more than 14 homers and 64 RBIs in any other season.
Headley’s .273 batting average in 2017 was his highest since his 2012 career year when he hit .286. In addition, he’s coming off a solid ALCS against the Houston Astros, going 7 for 18 (.389) in six games.
Overall for his career, Headley’s a .264/.344/.402 hitter with 130 homers, 271 doubles, 592 RBIs, and 93 stolen bases (57 from 2009-12).