Headley brushing off trade talk, wants to stay put

Headley brushing off trade talk, wants to stay put

Headley brushing off trade talk, wants to stay put
SAN DIEGO -- There has been a lot of buzz in the industry recently about Padres third baseman Chase Headley, especially as the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 creeps closer each day.

Headley has noticed reports that have him as a desirable target for teams looking for a third baseman: one who hits much better away from spacious Petco Park, is durable, a switch-hitter and under team control for two more seasons.

"It's a different experience," Headley said Friday when asked about hearing his name mentioned so frequently. "You understand that's part of the business and very few players in this day and age stay with the same team for their entire career, much less five years.

"But I'm just trying to ignore it because I have no control over it. It will be nice when the month is over so I don't have to hear about it anymore."

Don't get the impression that the Padres are shopping Headley. General manager Josh Byrnes said that he's not seeking to move Headley, though he's certainly listening to offers, as he is with other players on his roster.

The thinking internally is that it will take a lot to part with Headley, who went into Friday's game with the Reds hitting .272 with eight home runs, 42 RBIs and a .374 on-base percentage. His OPS on the road (.811) is considerably better than it is at home (.667) for his career.

For his part, Headley -- who was drafted by the Padres in 2002 and made his Major League debut in 2007 -- doesn't want to go anywhere.

"San Diego is the only organization I've ever been in. I'd like to win some more games but I think we're on the right path," he said. "We have some guys coming up who are making good contributions. The talent is close to being where it needs to be.

"If it were my choice, I would love to be here."