Chase Headley is a Yankee! News that the Yankees traded for a Gold Glove infielder after watching them throw the ball around wildly in Monday night's loss to the Rangers comes as a welcome surprise. The move cost the team right-handed pitching prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte, but De Paula's story isn't exactly a clean one in his transition to pitching in the United States and Solarte cooled off in a big way after being one of the best stories to start the season. We'll always love you for ridding us of Nunez, Solarte.
So, how did the internet react to the news of Headley becoming a Yankee? Well, the response seemed to be overwhelmingly positive from fans and professionals alike.
Hard to find much issue with Headley deal. Just like Nuno/McCarthy: almost no risk, potentially high reward.— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 22, 2014
Yankee beat writer likes the trade! He's right, though. The team gave up very little in return for something that could make a real impact. You take the Chase Headleys of the world over the Yangervis Solartes of the world every time.
At approx. $3M for the Yankees, Chase Headley fits along with the 'why not?' incremental upgrades like Brandon McCarthy & David Huff.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 22, 2014
First reaction to the Yanks' Headley trade? Strong move. He's a nice bounce-back candidate who in down year last year still had 35 doubles— Anthony McCarron (@AnthonyMcCarron) July 22, 2014
Headley is more accomplished than Solarte. McCarthy is more accomplished than Nuno. If you're Yanks, you make both moves. They're upgrades.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 22, 2014
Three more beat writers who like the trade. I'm sensing a pattern.
Given Rafael DePaula's background, zero surprise the Yankees traded him.— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 22, 2014
DePaula has a good arm and will be a big leaguer, but he's used multiple false/unverified DOBs. Written this multiple times. Not a secret.— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 22, 2014
So you can see why they might be a little concerned. De Paula has a very good arm and no one will deny that, but most see him as a future reliever. Add in the issues above and it's hard to think that the Yankees will miss him TOO much.
Very much hoping Joe Girardi drops a "Heady" on us. That would be a huge nickname upgrade over "solo".— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) July 22, 2014
The nickname discussion is an important one! What do you think Girardi will go with, seeing as Headley's name already ends in Y? Chasey? Heady?
I'm thinking if the Yankees can acquire enough Chase __ley players, they can combine them like this: pic.twitter.com/jLwlY4NdwU— High Heat Stats MLB (@HighHeatStats) July 22, 2014
Watch out, Chase Utley. You'd complete the trifecta!
I've been told in the past that Headley always liked the idea of being a Yankee.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 22, 2014
Aw, isn't that sweet.
Cashman did a great job here. Not good. Great.— Donnie Collins (@RailRidersTT) July 22, 2014
Our Twitter followers weighed in on the trade, as well.
@pinstripealley Interesting that Cashman picked up an outstanding defensive 3B the day after the team made 5 errors in a game.— Rusty Westerholm (@RustyWesterholm) July 22, 2014
Cashman was also offended by what we all witnessed last night.
@pinstripealley Trading Solarte is like selling a couch that you found on the corner outside your apartment building.— Alec Gilfillan (@adgilfillan) July 22, 2014
I love this analogy. Absolutely love it.
@pinstripealley love it. gave up nuno n solarte for McCarthy and Headley. I'll take that. At the very least we are getting an elite defender— Chuck Philpott (@chuckphilpott) July 22, 2014
Everyone seems to be excited for Headley's defense. You can hardly blame them considering the infield travesties we've seen so far this year.
@pinstripealley I first read this tweet and cringed. Then I saw who they gave up and was like "NINJA CASH!"— John (@Gooseplusplus) July 22, 2014
It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised.
@pinstripealley Infield needed help badly. Batting .323 in July. Hardly gave up anything. Kelly Johnson is no longer an every day player.— Danny (@TheDannymal) July 22, 2014
Silver linings are always good.
@pinstripealley Cashman got a living, breathing Major League regular for a high risk, fringy RP prospect and a MiLB signing. *Ninja chop*— Matt Provenzano (@mattprov94) July 22, 2014
Ninja Cash doing Ninja Cash things.
Someone knows we love our puns.
What do you think of the Headley trade? Would you have made the move if you were Cashman?