A Salary Dump

The Yankees have traded Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to San Diego for Jabari Blash. Blash is a big righty outfielder who is 27 and has an astounding 100 strikeouts in 265 big league at bats. I would be shocked if he stayed on the Yankees roster for any length of time.

This trade is clearly about getting out from the remaining year on Headley’s contract and freeing up $13-million. What’s really interesting about it is that it signals another move is coming. Before this trade, the Yankees probably had about $14-million in room under the luxury tax threshold. They’ve now doubled that. I bet we find out why they did that fairly soon.