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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Solarte for Headley: why isn't Cashman critiqued for this trade?

Did I miss it? Or does Yankee GM Brian Cashman get no flack for this trade?
Photo of Yangervis Solarte
Yangervis Solarte
Positions: Third Baseman, Second Baseman and First Baseman 
Bats: Both, Throws: Right 
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 205 lb.
Born: July 7, 1987 in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

YearAgeTeamSalaryServTm(OpnDay)SourcesNotes/Other Sources
201527San Diego Padres$516,4001.000contracts
2016 StatusPre-Arb EligibleEarliest Arb Eligible: 2017, Earliest Free Agent: 2020
Career to date (may be incomplete)$516,400
Photo of Chase Headley
Chase Headley
Positions: Third Baseman and Leftfielder 
Bats: Both, Throws: Right 
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 215 lb.
Born: May 9, 1984 in Fountain, CO


201430New York Yankees$10,525,0005.123contracts
201531New York Yankees$13,000,0006.123contracts
201632New York Yankees$13,000,0007.123
201733New York Yankees$13,000,000
201834New York Yankees$13,000,000
Earliest Free Agent: 2019
Career to date (may be incomplete)$38,739,200Does not include future salaries ($39M)
In their first full season after being traded and both playing third base, Solarte had more doubles, triples and home runs than Headley. OPS+:
Solarte 109
Headley 93

BA OBP SLG OPS:
Solarte .270 .320 .428 .748
Headley .259 .324 .369 .693

If you're into WAR:
Solarte 2.2
Headley 1.1

Obviously, Chase Headley was not better than Yangervis Solarte in 2015 and Headley certainly was not 25 times better as his salary would suggest.

Cashman traded a player almost three years younger who was paid about half a million dollars for a guy who was paid $13 million and whom Cashman signed through 2018 for $13 million per year.

Has anyone even suggested that Cashman made a mistake? A big mistake?

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