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Headley wants to get bigger for 2011

Headley wants to get bigger for 2011

SAN FRANCISCO -- Unless he hits a home run Sunday, Padres third baseman Chase Headley will finish one home run shy of his career high of 12, a mark he set in 2009.

Headley would like to hit more home runs next season and has figured out a way to help him get there -- to add more weight. There's a caveat, though: He doesn't want to risk any of his mobility that has helped become one of the better defensive third basemen in the National League.

"It's a double-edged sword, though, because you don't want to sacrifice mobility," said Headley, who currently weighs 200 pounds.

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Headley, when he was an outfielder in 2008 and 2009, played at 230 pounds. He would like to play between 215-220 pounds next season.

"You do feel different [when you're heavier] in the way the ball comes off your bat," he said, "and the way the ball carries. The next step for me is to gain as much muscle that I can, smartly."

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