By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Sat, Jan 17th 12:43pm EST
Alex Rodriguez's new found motivation should challenge Chase Headley to be even better. Headley was acquired by the Yankees at the trade deadline and was signed as a free agent in December, giving the impression that he would be a big part of the team going forward. (Source: River Ave Blues
Fantasy Impact: Headley's defensive skills are his calling card, but his hitting abilities should not be understated. He has a career OPS+ of 114 and, after a rough patch in San Diego for the first half of 2014, he rebounded nicely with a .768 OPS with the Yankees in the second half. The big issue for Headley was the lack of run-production; his 17 RBI with the Yankees in 58 games project to only 47 in a full season. He projects to hit second in the 2015 Yankees lineup, hopefully a position where he could be productive with Brett Gardner getting on base in front of him. He may not put up MVP-type numbers like he did in 2012, where he hit 31 home runs with 17 SB, but Headley will be a solid option at 3B. The extra pressure by a rejuvenated Rodriguez will only fuel Headley more; he can be a top-15 or top-10 3B this year and in a good position with a healthier Yankee lineup.