Headley ready to be Padres' big bat

Headley ready to be Padres' big bat

Headley ready to be Padres' big bat
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego third baseman Chase Headley said Saturday that he's ready to assume the role of being a run producer for the Padres in 2012.

The Padres certainly need it.

The Padres are coming off a season where they ranked 28th out of 30 Major League teams in runs and on-base percentage and 29th in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).

Headley, who was limited to 439 plate appearances after breaking a finger on Aug. 6, said that he would like to have more than the four home runs he had a year ago, though there are other ways to knock in runs.

"I hope that four home runs was just a strange year for me," Headley said. "I feel like I should hit more than that and I will hit more than that.

"I think it's picking spots to do a little more damage and being aggressive with guys in scoring position."

Headley returned from the disabled list in time to play in six games in the final week of the season. He hit .289 with a .374 on-base percentage and 44 RBIs in 113 games.

Having a more balanced lineup around him, including newcomers left fielder Carlos Quentin and first baseman Yonder Alonso, could certainly help Headley's chances to drive in more runs.