On Thursday afternoon, CBS.com baseball insider Jon Heyman published an article explaining that the market for San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley is starting to heat up.
According to Heyman, the Cleveland Indians are one of the handful of teams that have expressed interest in acquiring the 28-year old switch-hitter, which includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Headley is believed to be a movable option because the Padres have a top prospect, Jedd Gyorko, who seems ready to play third base in San Diego.
In a weak hitting market, Headley, 28, brings a lot of plusses. The switch hitter makes a reasonable $3.475 million and remains under team control through 2014. He has a career .811 OPS on the road (compared to .666 at PETCO Park), showing his hitting ability goes beyond his overall numbers. He has a .794 OPS overall this year, with eight homers, 41 RBI and a .271 batting average.