Padres’ ownership is already making plans to build on a strong second half that was fueled by Chase Headley’s breakout season, and as a result seem poised to sign their star third baseman to a to a contract extension.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reported on Friday that the Padres new owners have publicly stated its intention to retain quality players who want to stay in San Diego, and Headley is at the top of the list.
Headley, who made $3.475 million in 2012, and could earn more than $7MM in 2013, after leading the National League with 115 RBIs while hitting .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs in 699 plate appearances with the Friars this season.
The Padres control Headley’s rights for two more seasons before the 28-year-old can become a free agent, and if they retain his services, could option to use him as trade bait for a blockbuster deal. .
Headley already surfaced in numerous trade rumors leading up to this past season’s non-waiver trade deadline.