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Headley Joins New York Yankees

July 22, 2014

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  -- Former Tennessee Volunteer Chase Headley was acquired by the New York Yankees on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitching prospect Rafael de Paula, as reported by MLB.com.

Headley, 30, hit .229 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 77 games with the Padres this season. Most notably, the switch-hitting third baseman compiled a .339 average with four doubles and eight RBI in his 13 games since July 4. Earlier in the month, Headley also snapped Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw's 41-inning scoreless streak by smashing a solo home run to left field in the sixth frame.

A veteran of eight Major League seasons with San Diego, Headley batted .266 with 87 home runs and 401 RBI in 908 career games as the club's primary third baseman. In 2012, he received both Rawlings Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards, producing a National League-leading 115 RBI to accompany 31 homers and .976 fielding percentage in 159 starts.

San Diego originally drafted Headley in the second round of the June 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of Tennessee, where he earned Academic All-American and Third-Team All-American honors that same year.

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