UPDATE 2:28 PM: Jon Morosi reports that the Pirates are not actively pursuing Chase Headley at this point.
UPDATE 1:00 PM: Jon Morosi says that the asking price for Headley is still high with three hours to go.
11:29 AM: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has the latest on Chase Headley:
with 4 hours 40 mins to go, hear it’s still 50-50 whether chase headley is dealt. cle bal pit oak nyy (longshot) #padres
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2012
The Pirates have been connected to Headley a lot, but recent reports said that they were less interested in him. You’d have to think a Headley deal would require someone like Starling Marte and more going the other way. But considering the deals the Pirates have made so far (avoiding dealing a top prospect), it seems unlikely that they’d be willing to pay the price for Headley.
Headley has a lot of potential value outside of Petco Park. His career numbers on the road are a .299/.369/.448 line. However, he might not be the best fit for the Pirates with Pedro Alvarez playing so well at third base. Headley’s most valuable position is third (where he puts up strong defense). His bat doesn’t look as good in a corner outfield spot, and his defense would struggle there. He’s never played first base, and I’m not sure what type of an upgrade his bat would be over a platoon of Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee.