By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 22nd, 2014
The New York Yankees have made yet another move to try and help them move up in the AL East and catch the Baltimore Orioles. The latest roster move came on Tuesday, with General Manager, Brian Cashman making the move to acquire San Diego Padres third baseman, Chase Headley.
Headley, like many Padres hitters, has had a tough season at the plate, hitting just .229 with seven homeruns, 32 RBIs, and an on base percentage below .300. The bright spot for Headley, and probably what the Yankees saw of late, is that in July he is hitting .323, which is being credited to a change in his grip.
In order to land Headley, New York had to send Yangervis Solarte and minor league prospect, Rafael De Paula. Solarte was a pleasant surprise for the Yankees this season with great months of April and May, but once June started, he hit a wall, and not much else. In June, he hit .164, and then with just 17 at-bats in July he hit .118, with a lot of time in the minors.
De Paula is a 23-year old right handed pitcher that has been in the Yankees minor league system for three seasons with some success. In his minor league career, De Paula has a 3.58 ERA and a record of (21-12).
The Yankees will hope Headley’s good July will continue, and that maybe he can find the 2012 version of himself that hit 31 homeruns with 115 RBIs.