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Chase Headley, third baseman of the San Diego Padres, had an amazing season in 2012. With over 31 home runs, 115 RBI's and a slug percentage of .498, the 2012 season was the best season Headley has had since his debut o July 1st, 2005; when he was picked by the Padres in the second round of the 2005 amature draft. Last year he was awarded the 2012 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards, and went up against the best in the league to become the 2012 MVP.
Although it was a considerably tough race, Headley came up fifth in the 2012 National League MVP voting. His two awards and coming up close to being MVP with such an amazing season lead him to ask the Padres for just over $10 million for the 2013 season, a price they just weren't prepared to pay. The Padres counter offered with a $7 million deal.
In 2012, Headley made just under $3.5 million. Although the Padres realized his potential, they sure didn't see this amazing season coming. As a result, they knew they would have to put up more money to keep him around, but they were left wondering if this past season was potentially the best season he will ever have. They didn't want to end up paying for an over priced, average player with a career best season behind him.
In order to cover their suspicion, they only had a few words about a possible long-term contract. Headley will have to wait and try to put up another amazing season in order to prove his true ability and potential to keep up the pace of last season. To avoid arbitration, Headley and the San Diego club agreed upon a one year, $8.58 million dollar contract. Not quite what Headley was looking for, but he is truly being rewarded for his amazing season last year.
Headley becomes a free agent in 2015. The Padres have a few seasons to see what he has to offer and gage what kind of contract and salary they want to offer him. All Headey has to do is keep swinging the way he has this past season and he can be sure to see a very rewarding salary next year when they return to negotiations.