The Yankees, while wanting to ship his contract away, will likely retain the services of Chase Headley for Opening Day.
Headley, 32, slashed .253/.331/.385 overall in 2016 which is mediocre but he did impress at the hot corner with seven defensive runs saved, good enough for fifth-best in the AL.
The switch-hitter’s slash line was negatively affected by an ugly slump which ended with his first home run on May 12. From that day until September 4 (91 games), Headley slashed .285/.357/.459 with an OPS of .816 and 12 home runs.
The 2012 gold glover and silver slugger will make $13 million in each of the next two seasons with no team options or buyouts.
Cashman has already rejected trade offers for the third baseman this offseason, and if his bat is respectable as it was following May 12 while his fielding continues to impress, there will be no shock if teams come asking for Headley again next season.
They are continuing to look for takers at this moment in the offseason and $13 million for the hot corner position that plays for a losing team may not be worth it for New York.