The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula.
The 30-year-old Headley, a switch hitter, is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. The Padres agreed to pay $1 million of the remaining $3.968 million on Headley's $10.525 million contract this year.
Headley has not reached the production level he achieved two years ago when he hit 31 home runs, led the National League with 115 RBIs in 161 games, finished fifth in the league's Most Valuable Player balloting and won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the Padres.
This year, he has battled injuries and is batting .229 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 77 games. But his bat started to warm up this month. Since July 4, he is hitting .339 with one homer and eight RBIs in 13 games.
In 908 career career games for the Padres, Headley batted .266 with 87 home runs and 401 RBIs. The versatile Headley also has played left field and first base.
Headley's .965 career fielding percentage at third base is third best among active major leaguers behind only Eric Chavez (.970) and Evan Longoria (.966).
The 27-year-old Solarte, who signed as a minor league free agent on Jan. 16, saw his first major league action this season with the Yankees, batting .254 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 75 games.
TULOWITZKI ON DL
Limping all-star Troy Tulowitzki is heading for the 15-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain.
The Colorado Rockies shortstop strained his left leg Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates while running to first base. He hasn't played since.
"I think this is for the best," Tulowitzki told the Denver Post. "I've already missed some time, and with where we are right now, we think this is the best move so I can get healthy."
Tulowitzki is having a solid season at the plate, leading the majors with a .340 batting average to go along with 21 home runs and 71 runs scored.
The Rockies recalled left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
CUBS CUT BARNEY
Opening Day second baseman Darwin Barney was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs to make way for outfielder Emilio Bonifacio on the roster.
The 28-year-old Barney played in 72 games for the Cubs this season and batted .230 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. Bonifacio returned from the disabled list for a game with the San Diego Padres.
Barney played in 141 games or more each of the past three seasons. Since joining the Cubs in 2010, he batted .246 with 16 homers and 130 RBIs while providing good defence.
With Barney departed, the Cubs plan to continue with 22-year-old rookie Arismendy Alcantara at second base. He was called up two weeks ago when Barney went on paternity leave and has batted .286 in eight games.
Bonifacio was sidelined in mid-June with a strained right oblique. He was batting .261 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 61 games.
There are no plans to limit or shut down right-hander Garrett Richards, who is 14 innings shy of his 2013 mark of 145 while leading the Los Angeles Angels with an 11-2 record and 2.47 ERA in 20 starts.
"The more consistent I stay with my routine, the better I feel," Richards told MLB.com. "Throwing 100 pitches every five days and getting my bullpen in between, that's when I feel my best. I want to pitch every fifth day. I wouldn't want to get shut down or have my innings conserved."
General manager Jerry Dipoto said skipping Richards in the final two months of the season or putting a hard cap on his innings total are not options the team is discussing.
"Not at all," Dipoto told MLB.com. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily."
Richards failed to pitch into the seventh inning just six times in 20 starts. He is at 131 1/3 innings this season, closing in fast on his career-high of 145 in 2013. The Angels begin play Tuesday two games behind the Oakland Athletics for the best record in baseball and in the American League West standings.
A'S OWNER SIGNS OFF
The Oakland Athletics will continue to make their home in O.Co Coliseum.
The team reached agreement on a 10-year lease extension to remain in a facility that has experienced sewage and lighting problems recently.
A's owner Lew Wolff signed off on the agreement after the Oakland City Council made several modifications last week. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors must give final approval, which is considered a formality.
"I'm very pleased that this is behind us and we can now get on with our various activities," Wolff said.
Both sides squabbled during lease negotiations for the past few months. There were threats that the team could move from Oakland, and concessions were made for the team to pay reduced rent.
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