Yankees acquire Headley from Padres

Headley had a career year in 2012, hitting .286 with 31 home runs and a NL-best 115 RBI. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael DePaula.

Headley will presumably take over the starting job at third base for the Yankees, displacing the struggling Kelly Johnson. However, Headley himself is in the midst of a difficult season. He’s hitting just .229 with seven home runs. However, he has been far better in July, batting .323 with a home run, four doubles and nine RBI in 15 games. This recent improvement has reportedly been the result of an adjustment to Headley’s batting stance, as he has been holding his hands higher.

The move to Yankee Stadium from pitcher-friendly Petco Park projects to be a positive one for the impending free agent, although he has actually been slightly better at home this year (.660 OPS) than on the road (.643 OPS).

The Yankees hope to have him in Tuesday’s lineup.