By Brendan Kuty
Jul 24, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) heads to the dugout after making an out against the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry could extend into the offseason as the clubs could battle over Chase Headley.
Both teams are interested in signing the 30-year-old third baseman, according to a report fromCBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The report said the Yankees’ interest in Headley is a sign they’re worried that Alex Rodriguez can’t be an everyday third baseman going into his age 40 season.
General manager Brian Cashman has said he doesn’t believe it’s smart to assume A-Rod will be the team’s everyday third baseman, considering he spent the last season suspended and has endured two major hip surgeries. Cashman added that manager Joe Girardi has talked to Rodriguez about playing some first base.
Boston is also intrigued by Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the report said.
Headley enjoyed his time in New York after initial trepidation when he was traded there. The Yankees acquired him from the Padres in exchange for utility infielder Yangervis Solarte.’
Headley had a rough start in San Diego, but picked it up in New York while flashing his top-notch defense throughout the season and enduring lower back pain. He finished with a .243 batting average, 13 homers and 49 RBI.
Headley has said he’d prefer to sign with a team that gives him an opportunity to be the everyday starter at third base. He played a little bit of first base during his time with the Yankees, too.
The Red Sox didn’t get a ton of offense from their third baseman in 2014 as Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts shared most of the duties there and put up poor numbers.