Headley reportedly has four-year, $65 million offer

Headley reportedly has four-year, $65 million offer

A number of the top free-agent hitters have already found new homes this offseason, including Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, both of whom signed with the Red Sox. As a result, it appears the Hot Stove market is heating up for Chase Headley.

Interested clubs are being told the free-agent third baseman has received a four-year contract offer worth about $65 million, according to Yahoo! Sports, though its report doesn't specify which team made the offer.

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CBSSports.com reported on Thursday that the Marlins are interested in Headley, who could play third base while Casey McGehee moves to first base.

The Marlins reportedly considered lefty-swinging first baseman Adam LaRoche before he signed with the White Sox, so their interest in the switch-hitting Headley as additional lineup support around Giancarlo Stanton makes sense.

Headley, who will turn 31 in May, hit .243/.328/.372 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs for the Padres and Yankees last year. His numbers were significantly better after the trade to New York, where he hit .262/.371/.398 in 58 games.

Most reports have linked Headley to the Yankees or the Giants, with New York needing a more reliable option than Alex Rodriguez and San Francisco searching for someone to replace Sandoval.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had repeatedly mentioned a return engagement with Headley as recently as the GM Meetings last month, but that interest is believed to have cooled as a result of Sandoval's five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox, which has swelled Headley's expected market.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.