The San Diego Padres came to terms with third baseman Chase Headley on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration by signing the slugger to a one-year, $8.575 million contract. Headley, whose breakout 2012 campaign included a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove, was asking for $10.3 million; the Padres countered with an offer of $7.075 million.
The settlement amounts to a hefty raise for Headley, who made $3.475 million in 2012 while knocking in 115 runs to lead the National League.
As for locking in Headley with a long-term contract?
"We couldn't frame it up where it made sense for both sides," is how Padres' GM Josh Byrnes put it.
Padres 101 hopes it makes sense for both sides soon.
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