Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dodgers showing interest in Chase Headley?

Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine dropped this interesting tidbit last night:
"Source: Dodgers looking into Chase Headley."
Headley had the best season of his career in a few categories in 2011, but he doesn't bring much pop to the party. His slash line in 2011 was .289/.374/.399. The average and on-base numbers are solid, but the slugging isn't.

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The White Sox are about to go into full rebuilding mode, especially after sending Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

One name that intrigues me is Gordon Beckham. The 25-year-old can handle either second- or third base and is coming off two consecutive down years. He was a first-round pick in 2008 and the White Sox seem to have soured on him.

Beckham had a fine debut season, posting a .270/.347/.460 line with 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 103 games. Since then, he's only hitting .241/.306/.356 with 19 home runs and 93 RBI in 281 games.

Beckham could benefit from a change of scenery, and I'd have little worry about sending a guy like Chris Withrow to the White Sox for Beckham.

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The Dodgers don't exactly need anymore infielders, but the infielders they've signed this off-season aren't as good as Headley and Beckham. Headley has experience in left field and Beckham could probably handle it, if need be.

But the combo is a hell of a lot better than Juan Uribe manning third base every day.

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