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Chase Headley a popular target

Updated: July 6, 2012, 5:26 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Chase Headley has never hit more than 12 home runs in a season, never driven in more than 64 runs, and he's never hit .300. But timing is everything, and this is why the Padres' third baseman might be the most sought-after player on the trade market this summer.

Here's what Headley does well: reach base. He has a .372 on-base percentage. Headley is 28 years old, making just $3.4 million, is in the prime of his career and, most importantly, won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season. This is why many teams, including the Dodgers, have called the Padres to ask about his availability.

Some rival evaluators attribute his lack of power numbers to the grand canyon that he hits in, Petco Park. Over the course of his career, his OPS is about 150 points higher on the road than at home; of the 44 homers he has hit in his career, 27 have been on the road. His home/road splits this year are notable as well -- he has an .848 OPS away from Petco Park, about 120 points higher than at home.

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