Yankees Bring Back Chase Headley; Four years, $52 million- The Yankees went out last season and acquired the third base help that they needed by trading for Headley from the Padres. Headley had a semi-successful time in New York after coming over, while only driving in 17 runs as a Yankee, he did hit six homers in Yankee Stadium (Where his power is better suited then Petco Park). With the uncertainty of Alex Rodriguez being able to stay healthy at his age, the Yankees brought Headley back to sure up third base, so Martin Prado can cover second base. Hopefully with an upgraded line-up in 2015, Chase Headley can do a little more damage in the Bronx. Right now, Headley is the winner of this deal in terms of the money that he secured for his services, that could change however if he has a nice 2015. Remember, Headley is a guy who has driven in over 100 runs in a season before.

Jed Lowrie Returns to Houston: The third baseman/shortstop landed himself a deal in Houston with the Astros. The deal is reportedly for three years, with a team option for the fourth year. Lowrie’s salary in Houston will be, $8M, $7.5M, 6.5M, and the fourth year team option worth $6M with a $1M buyout. Lowrie will fill the Astros short-stop position until their top prospect, Carlos Correa is ready to play big league baseball. Lowrie had a good 2013 with the A’s, batting .290 with 15 homers and 45 doubles. Unfortunately, his bat slipped for the A’s last year and he only hit about .240. Jed Lowrie is a decent shortstop with solid range and nice glove, if his bat can return to where it was in 2013, this could potentially be a steal for the Astros.

Matt Kemp Finally Traded- To the Padres: The San Diego Padres finally hit on the big bat that they were looking to throw into the middle of their lineup! The Padres, looking for a bopper after missing out on free agents Yasmany Tomas and Pablo Sandoval, traded pitching prospects, Zach Eflin and Joe Wieland, along with top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal for Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz including $32M to help pay the remaining $107M dollars left on Kemp’s contract, which runs through 2019. I think it’s a win-win for both teams, as the Padres finally get their star, and the Dodgers get salary relief and the highly touted catching prospect, Grandal, who has the tools to turn himself into one of the best catchers in the league, and the Padres get instant offensive return in Kemp. Good deal for both sides.

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