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Yankees add second Colorado Springs-area player after trading for Chase Headley

By: Associated Press
July 22, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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photo - Chase Headley can become a free agent after this season. (AP file)
Chase Headley can become a free agent after this season. (AP file) 

NEW YORK — Trying to add offense at third base, the New York Yankees have acquired Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula.

The 30-year-old Headley can become a free agent after this season. He's hitting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs but has a .339 average since July 4. He was a Gold Glove winner two years ago, when he hit .286 with 31 homers and a National League-leading 115 RBIs.

As part of the deal, the Padres will pay $1 million of the $3,968,443 remaining of his $10,525,000 salary this year.

Headley graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson in 2002 before playing college ball at Tennessee.

The 27-year-old Solarte was hitting .336 as of May 14 but just .180 since and was sent to Triple-A for a week this month. The 23-year-old DePaula was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 17 starts and three relief appearances this year with Class A Tampa.

On Saturday, another Colorado Springs-area high school graduate - Brandon McCarthy - earned his first win for the Yankees with an impressive debut in pinstripes.

McCarthy, who was traded from Arizona to New York on July 6, allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked none over six innings against Cincinnati in his first home start. McCarthy is a 2002 Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate.

McCarthy said the Yankees have encouraged him to throw his cutter, a pitch he was instructed to scrap with the Diamondbacks.

McCarthy has pitched for the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Diamondbacks and Yankees.

"He's got top-of-the-rotation stuff, and we're really glad to have him," catcher Brian McCann said. "He was doing whatever he wanted to on the mound today."

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