Yankees acquire 3B Headley in trade with PadresNew York sends infielder Yangervis Solarte, RHP Rafael De Paula to San DIego
The deal, first reported by YES Network's Jack Curry on Tuesday afternoon, also includes San Diego sending $1 million to new York to help offset the approximately $4 million remaining on Headley's $10.525 million contract for this season.
Headley, who is hitting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBI overall this year, has been hot in July, posting a .323 average with a .785 OPS and nine of those RBI in 15 games this month, and the Yankees will look to him to provide some switch-hitting power and stabilize a third base position that has seen four different players (including Solarte) make starts hit a collective .261 with eight homers and 41 RBI total.
The 30-year-old was with the Padres in Chicago, and according to Curry, the Yankees are hopeful he can get to New York in time to be in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.
Solarte, who was signed as a minor league free agent this winter and won the Yankees' final bench spot this spring, hit .254 with six homers and 31 RBI in 75 games with the major-league club this year and made starts at second base, third base, and shortstop.
The switch-hitter started the season hot, hitting .299 with six homers and 26 RBI in April and May, but he cooled off to a .164 average in June and was briefly optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (where he hit .600 in five games) before returning when Carlos Beltran went on the seven-day disabled list just prior to the All-Star break.
De Paula, 23, was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) at Class-A Advanced Tampa. Originally signed as an international free agent in November 2010, the righty has spent the last two seasons in the States, going 13-10 with a 4.23 ERA in 44 games (40 starts) between Tampa and Class-A Charleston and striking out 250 batters in 202 1/3 innings.