Who Is the Mystery Trade Target?


Can you identify this potential Red Sox trade target?

* He has played OF, 1b, 3b

* His 7-year career batting:

  BA                           OBP                          SLG                         OPS

.269

.350

.415

.765

chase 2* He is a switch hitter a patient/passive type hitter, who isn’t afraid to take close fastball with 2 strikes.  His plate discipline numbers show that he has always been patient, swinging a little less than league average and swinging at pitches out of the zone a lot less (about 5 % less).

Scouts say:

“He has a pretty hard swing but isn’t overly violent, with a decent swing plane. He an hit the ball the other way with authority. He can also pull the ball well, relying on where the ball is pitched (like most good batting average hitters). It seems that his swing is more flat as a righty. Also looked like he wanted to chase the outside pitch more as a right hander.”

[http://seattlesportscentral.com/scouting-chase-headley/]

Here is his hot zones as a righty:

Headley left 300x264 Scouting Chase Headley

Here is his zones as a lefty (according to Brooks Baseball and Baseball Prospectus)

Headley Right 300x263 Scouting Chase Headley

* He has a balanced splits ratio for a switch hitter.

Career as a left-handed batter: .759 OPS.

Career as a left-handed batter: .710 OPS.

* He would likely see an increase in HRs at Fenway; his current home field is a batter’s nightmare. His career BA is just .243 at home and .293 on the road.

* His HR/FB% is above average.

* His trend is a move to a more patient/power/strikeout hitter.

* He had a career year in 2012, hitting 31 home runs and posting a .286/.376/.498.

* Entering 2013,  the 29-year-old broke the tip of his thumb in spring training last season and when he returned, could never quite get his season going.  He hit only 13 home runs,  .250/.347/.400 in 520 at-bats.

* He did undergo arthroscopic surgery during the offseason to repair a meniscus tear, but if he is on the trade block, there should be at least several teams interested. He will be a free agent in 2015.

2013 STATS:

BA       OBP  SLG  OPS

.250 .347 .400 .747

13 HR, 50 RBI    [in 2012: 31 HR, 115 RBI]

* He is an above average fielder at 3b.

Recently, Bleacher Report suggested a trade for this player:

“[His current team]  could be willing to make a deal if the Sox were to include right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who is coming off of a terrific season between Triple-A and Double-A (2.96 ERA, 140 IP, 112 H, 42 BB, 127 K), and up-and-coming second base prospect Mookie Betts (.923 OPS, 15 HR, 38 SB between High-A and Low-A), who isn’t getting to Boston anytime soon with Dustin Pedroia signed long-term.” [http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1855670-5-chase-headley-trade-ideas-that-make-the-most-sense/page/2]

Can you guess his name?

HINT: Use your head.

ANSWER [BELOW]

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  • John Fahrer

    There’s actually talk about moving Betts back to SS or possibly the OF of he continues to ascend through the minors.

    That’s not a wise practice to up and deal away a prospect just because he’s roadblocked. Betts could really help this club out down the road.

  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    I like the thought of having him on the club….I just wonder if WMB has the potential to be even better…..but I wouldn’t be against a trade for Headly

    • John Fahrer

      Don’t forget about Garin Cecchini. Could be our own version of Alex Gordon.

  • Harry Burnham

    I dont like the idea of giving up two top prospects for a guy that is only around for one more year. Also, of his 800 games in the majors, he has played only 2 at first base, and 196 in left field, with his most recent outfield appearance coming in 2009, so i dont think that it is fair to claim he can play any of those positions.
    Similarly, with Garin Cecchini breathing down WMB’s neck, I dont see Boston’s Brass giving up top guys for a position theyre already fairly deep at.