Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Yankees Trade Headley, Mitchell to Padres

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Yankees Trade Headley, Mitchell to Padres

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Yankees trade Headley, Mitchell

The New York Yankees made a rare payroll dump, creating flexibility to add starting pitching.

Third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell were dealt to San Diego on Tuesday for 28-year-old outfielder Jabari Blash, who made his big league debut in 2016 and has played in 99 games in the majors over two seasons.

Headley's $13 million salary was assumed by the Padres, and the Yankees agreed to give San Diego $500,000 on Jan. 10 to defray part of Headley's $1 million assignment bonus.

A day after finalizing their acquisition of NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from Miami, the Yankees cut payroll to about $167 million for luxury tax purposes. Owner Hal Steinbrenner is intent on getting under the $197 million tax threshold next year, and New York still may attempt to re-sign lefthander CC Sabathia or trade for another starting pitcher such as Detroit righthander Michael Fulmer, the 2016 AL rookie of the year.

"The biggest motivation from our end is it creates a lot more financial flexibility as we are going to reset that tax clock," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "It's a mandate from above over the course of a number of years that we've been building towards."

Cashman would not say whether other teams have shown interest in acquiring pricey Jacoby Ellsbury, who has dropped to a fifth outfielder behind Stanton, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks.

"We're trying to be aggressive, as we always are," he said.

Headley, who turns 34 in May, lost his third base job and shifted to first when the Yankees acquired Todd Frazier last summer. Miguel Andujar, a 21-year-old prospect, will compete for third base in spring training. Cashman has spoken with the agent for Frazier, a New Jersey native who relished playing in his home market and became a free agent.

Showalter wants to stay * Buck Showalter wants to continue managing the Baltimore Orioles after his contract expires following the 2018 season.

The three-time manager of the year was asked at baseball's winter meetings whether he wants to manage the Orioles in 2019 and beyond.

His reply? "Sure."

"As I get older, I realize how lucky I am," the 61-year-old Showalter said. …

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