SAN DIEGO (AP) - Chase Headley and the Padres have avoided salary
arbitration, agreeing on an $8,575,000, one-year contract that gives the
San Diego third baseman a $5.1 million raise following his huge 2012
Long touted as a future star, the 28-year-old Headley
broke out with 31 home runs and an NL-best 115 RBIs last season, when he
made $3,475,000. The switch-hitter batted .286 with a .376 on-base
percentage and finished fifth in MVP voting while winning a Gold Glove
and a Silver Slugger award.
He asked for $10.3 million while the
Padres countered at $7,075,000 when the sides exchanged figures in
arbitration this month. The gap of $3,225,000 was the largest for any
major league player.
Headley's deal was announced by the team Wednesday.
Padres have one player left in arbitration: pitcher Clayton Richard.
The left-hander requested a raise from $2,705,000 to $5.5 million, while
San Diego offered $4,905,000.
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