Headley, Padres agree to $8,575,000 deal

Chase Headley and the Padres have avoided salary arbitration,

agreeing on an $8,575,000, one-year contract that gives the San

Diego third baseman a $5.1 million raise following his huge 2012


Long touted as a future star, the 28-year-old Headley broke out

with 31 home runs and an NL-best 115 RBIs last season, when he made

$3,475,000. The switch-hitter batted .286 with a .376 on-base

percentage and finished fifth in MVP voting while winning a Gold

Glove and a Silver Slugger award.

He asked for $10.3 million while the Padres countered at

$7,075,000 when the sides exchanged figures in arbitration this

month. The gap of $3,225,000 was the largest for any major league


Headley’s deal was announced by the team Wednesday.

The Padres have one player left in arbitration: pitcher Clayton

Richard. The left-hander requested a raise from $2,705,000 to $5.5

million, while San Diego offered $4,905,000.