Miami is still looking to protect Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup, and is considering all possible options before making a decision. The Marlins are also looking for a first baseman, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman explains that the club is interested in Chase Headley to play third base.
Headley, who has spent most of his career as a San Diego Padre, reportedly has a four-year, $65 million offer from an unknown team. But according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald, the Marlins are not engaged in any discussions for the infielder.
#Marlins are not engaged in any discussions for Chase Headley, according to multiple sources.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 4, 2014
Miami is primarily looking for a first baseman, but Headley has a bat that would lead the Marlins to ask Casey McGehee to play on the other side of the diamond. Last season, Headley posted a .243/.328/.372 batting line to complement 13 home runs and 49 RBIs. He has been durable over the course of his career, and appeared in 135 games a season ago. The Marlins have also made it clear they want balance within their lineup, and Headley is a switch hitter that would likely thrive in the heart of the order.
In addition to complementing Stanton in the lineup, Headley could provide between 15 and 20 home runs a season, and as a left-handed hitter might thrive at Marlins Park.
Although he does have an offer on the table, the short term $65 million contract is not from the Marlins. Heyman notes that Miami was prepared to make a significant offer, but even after giving Stanton a $325 million extension that is backloaded, the organization may not be in a spot to make such a significant financial investment. After hearing about the other offer, the Marlins chose to end their pursuit of Headley.
Headley has played some first base in his career, and though McGehee was solid defensively at third base, if Headley is indeed signed, McGehee would be the one to shift. Miami was unable to sign Adam LaRoche, and as a result has rightfully considered the possibility of exploring the third base market, resulting in such a change for McGehee.
Heyman speculates that a four-year offer should be sufficient, because the Yankees refuse to make an offer beyond three years. Headley might have been a quality offensive option for the Marlins moving forward, but his inability to hit for average consistently and the asking price led the Marlins to look elsewhere. The club has also been linked to Brandon Moss, Allen Craig, and Michael Morse this offseason.
Stay tuned to Fish Stripes for the latest!