The Miami Marlins continue to see themselves in headlines this off season. After they locked up superstar Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year extension the front office think tank have made building a supporting cast their number one priority. Two spots of particular interest for the Marlins are the corner infield spots. With the comeback kid in Casey McGehee under contract for the 2015 season Miami is looking add some extra pop to their infield. The player rumored to be their new target is former New York Yankee and Sand Diego Padre, Chase Headley. Here’s the report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
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Headley is a logical fit for the Marlins. He plays gold glove caliber defense and has an above average bat. McGehee is really more a first baseman, another area of weakness on the roster. Signing Headley would allow the Fish to move McGehee to first base while Headley plays third, filling two holes at once (Killing two birds with one stone if you will). There is stiff competition for the former All-Star’s services. The San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks among others have all been linked to Healdey, although the Yankees, once favorites to sign him, are virtually out of the running.
Recent reports are saying that Headley has a 4-year $65 million dollar offer from an unknown team. While no one knows if this team is the Marlins, of course, their recent interest makes them a very possible suitor. They’ve spoken about going out and spending money to improve the roster and this would definitely be a step forward in that regard.
The courting of Chase Healey is expected to conclude sometime between now and the conclusion of the Winter Meetings which start next week. While there is no clear favorite, Headley has been a hot commodity since third baseman Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox. Headley will probably be looking at a deal somewhere in the four to five year range. The Marlins are looking to add big bats around Stanton and Headley would be a very nice start. The interest is clearly there. The only question is whether or not they can get a deal done.