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Former Fort Wayne Wizard Chase Headley, seen here homering for San Diego in a July 10 game against the Dodgers, has been traded to the Yankees for two players.

Padres trade ex-Wizard Headley to Yankees

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

The 30-year-old Headley, who played for the Fort Wayne Wizards briefly in 2005, 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.

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.

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