The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula. The move could potentially give the Yankees some much needed offense for the second half of the season.
Headley and the Padres have struggled to agree on a contract over the past couple seasons, so unloading him seemed like the smart thing for San Diego to do.
The 30-year-old has struggled this season, hitting .229 with only seven homeruns and 32 RBIs. Headley had a breakout campaign in 2012, where he batted .286 with 31 homeruns and 115 RBIs.
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When Buffalo Bills pro-bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, 24, reported to training camp last week, he failed his conditioning test. Sound familiar? I can hear all of the Washington Redskins fans grumbling about a former pro-bowl defensive tackle on their roster, Albert Haynesworth. While it is early to say whether Dareus’ best years are behind him, but the events leading up to now can’t help but bring up the comparison to Haynesworth.
This offseason, Dareus was arrested twice. Once for drag racing and another time for possession of synthetic marijuana.
Haynesworth had his share of off the field troubles and was indicted on two misdemeanor traffic charges after a crash that seriously injured another driver. The case was eventually dismissed after Haynesworth agreed to a settlement with the victim.
While Dareus is considered to be one of top defensive tackles in football, he needs to keep focused, or he too can find his career derailed.
The Washington Wizards acquired forward DeJuan Blair from the Dallas Mavericks in a sign-and-trade. The Wizards sent the rights to Emir Preldzic to Dallas in exchange.
League souces have cited Blair's deal with Wizards as three years for $6 million.
Blair, 25, has a big body and is a proven rebounder. This move gives the Wizards a deeper bench and more flexibility with lineups. Blair is undersized at 6-foot-7, but he can hold his own in the post.
News and notes from the NFL.
- The New Orleans Saints re-signed tight end Jimmy Graham to a four year deal worth $40 million. $21 million of that is guaranteed. This contract makes Graham the league's highest paid tight end.
- The Dallas Cowboys released backup quarterback Kyle Orton.
- San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is not expected to report to training camp as a holdout seems imminent. Davis has been unhappy with his contract for a while now and news of Graham re-signing with the Saints for a league high $10 million a year can't be sitting well with Davis even if Graham is better. Davis can be fined $30k each day he misses camp, so we will see how many checks he is willing to write.
- Free-agent receiver Titus Young was arrested on a felony battery charge and it looks like his career is finished in the NFL. Remember this is the guy that was arrested four times in May 2013, including three times in one week as a member of the Detroit Lions.