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Early offensive stat projections for the 2017 New York Yankees

Chase Headley

  • PA: 531
  • AVG: .247
  • HR: 13
  • OBP: .324
  • SLG%: .376
  • RBI: 54

Not the guy everyone hoped he’d be when he inked a four-year, $52 million contract before the 2015 season, ZiPS calls for Chase Headley’s worst year as a Yankee.

The projected .247 batting average, .324 OBP and .376 SLG% would all be lower than his average in the Bronx while his 13 home run total isn’t your preferred number coming from a third baseman.

Headley, 32, slashed .253/.331/.385 overall in 2016 which is arguably mediocre, but impressed at the hot corner with seven defensive runs saved, good enough for fifth-best in the AL.

Dealing with an unappealing offensive year but have his defensive abilities make up for it may motivate the Yankees to wait out the remaining two years of his contract and splurge on Manny Machado. If his distasteful output gets intolerable, however, the rebuilding Yankees may have no choice but to shave his contract and make room for a kid.