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Fresh off of a 4-2 victory on Thursday in Chicago to give the Padres a split with the Cubs in the four-game series, the team came home and on Friday Chase Headley felt compelled and perhaps obligated to talk to media in the club house. Not about baseball, not about Chase’s performance since returning from a broken thumb, and not about how the team is doing.

Chase addressed media on Friday concerning Padres CEO Ron Fowler’s statements to the U-T about attempting to sign Headley to a long-term contract. According to the U-T, Fowler said that a multi-year deal would be offered before mid-season.

The press in various formats has kicked around an amount of around $15 million per season. While Fowler didn’t offer any verification on the amount, he didn’t deny it, either.

"Will it be 10 years? No. We're not going to do something like that. But we will do an offer that will be the largest offer we've ever made to a player in San Diego history and think it will be very close to some of the numbers I read in the press," Fowler said, according to the San Diego U-T.

The problem is that Headley doesn’t want to talk contract in the middle of the season. Chase indicated that he was open to such talk after the season last year, but Padres ownership and management didn’t appear to have interest, so they signed Chase to a $8.575 million dollar deal for one season in order to avoid arbitration.

Later, Fowler indicated that such a deal could get done within 48 hours. According to Tom Krasovic of the U-T, Fowler said, “I think it’s up to Chase and his agent. We can get this done in 48 hours, or if he wants to say, 'I don’t want to talk about it anymore,' I respect that.”

The problem is that Chase had already indicated that he didn’t wish to talk about it until the off-season. Up to that point, Chase had no conversation with Fowler or Padres management on the situation.

Chase has spoken with Fowler since this unfolded. “We had a good conversation. It was a misunderstanding. He wanted me to know that he wasn’t negotiating through the media.” Headley said.

“Maybe it would take forty-eight hours, but I’ve been around this game long enough to know that a lot of times it doesn’t take forty-eight hours, it’s very complicated to get these things done,” Chase said. “[Me and my agent] made it very clear where we stood on it, if a deal is done it will be done in the off-season.”

The surprising thing is how Ron Fowler did indeed try this out with the media before even consulting Chase Headley. It would be great to be able to give Padres ownership the benefit of the doubt on this, but I can’t recall media knowing about the contract extensions of Carlos Quentin and Huston Street last year.

If the Padres trade Chase Headley before the trade deadline, then it would be convenient for ownership to fall back on this moment and claim that they did, in fact, attempt to sign Chase to a deal. The problem is, it lacks credibility when they had a chance to sign him in the off-season when he requested such negotiations.


Notes:

The Padres are back in town and host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a three-game series. Friday, Jason Marquis (2-2, 4.20) will go for the Padres against the Diamondbacks Wade Miley (2-0, 2.37). Game time is at 7:05 PM PDST, 1090 AM for radio and Fox Sports San Diego for television.

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tomjohnston May 3, 2013 @ 7:24 p.m.

Refriedgringo I believe the trade deadline is July 31st. At this rate, the Padres project to something like 20 games under .500 by the All-Star break. Quentin is making $9-10 million this year and if I remember correctly, has a no trade. Headley is pretty damn good at the corner and I would see him as a $12-$15 million guy. I read this afternoon that Headley doesn't want to negotiate during the season. I don't know enough about the Padres new owners and their money, though I think it's safe to say they won't spend like the Guggenheim boys. So you tell me what you think. Add to Quentin's salary the $18-$20 million that Street, Richard and Volquez, none of whom are tearing it up at this point, would ownership: A) be willing to pay Headley what he is worth and add tie up $30-$35 million those player, which if I read correctly, would be almost double the rest o f the roster combined, or B) take a chance the he might not sign after the season, giving them nothing. Like I said, I don't know. What do you think?

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David Dodd May 3, 2013 @ 7:54 p.m.

The NON-WAIVER trade deadline is July 31, but the true deadline (Waiver) is August 31. And I think that Padres ownership is very disingenuous to have gone through the media, it seems as though they want to walk away having the ability to say to fans, "See? We TRIED so sign Chase."

I would be surprised if a deal got done because - as you point out - with a $70 million player payroll, using $15 million on one corner infielder and with the contracts of Quentin and Street still on the books, you've got three players (almost 1/8 of the 25-man roster) taking up almost half of the allocated payroll. I would be surprised to see that happen.

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aardvark May 3, 2013 @ 10 p.m.

The Padres are setting the table to trade Headley before the trading deadline. Fowler is an idiot--going to the press about the club's "desire" to sign Headley long-term should never have happened, as Headley had already made it known he did not wish to discuss a contract during the season. So Fowler flaps his gums, and has backed the club into a corner. Headley, per his request, will not discuss a contract until the season is over. Do the Padres want to risk having him go to arbitration next year, where he would probably get $12 mil, $13 mil, or maybe more, or trade him for whatever they could get for him? Don't forget, this is the same Padres club that says they must "build from within". Headley is about as much as "from within" as they can get. They drafted him, developed him (except for wasted time in the outfield), so now it's time to put up or shut up, but not until after the season, as per Headley's request.

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tomjohnston May 4, 2013 @ 7:58 a.m.

I don't think the Padres can go to arbitration again after this season. I believe under the CBA, only players with at least three but less than six years of major league service are eligible for arbitration. This is Headley's 6th full season, so that would make him a free agent. If he isn't going to negotiate during the season and he is still on the roster after the deadline, he will be playing somewhere else next year. Hey come to think of it, the Dodgers could use a good third sacker. AND those Guggenheim boys have money to spend. Hmmm................

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aardvark May 4, 2013 @ 9:24 a.m.

His total major league service time as of January of 2013 is 4.123 seasons. He is eligible for arbitration for the 2014 season. He will become a free agent beginning with the 2015 season, unless he signs a multi-year deal before that.

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