Sunday, January 17, 2010

Headley / Blanks

Just as a brief follow up to yesterday's entry about the Kevin Kouzmanoff / Scott Hairston trade, it looks like Chase Headley is headed back to third base to replace the traded Kouzmanoff with Kyle Blanks taking over as the everyday left fielder and Hairston picking up regular at bats by splitting time between center field and right field.  For additional initial remarks from GM Jed Hoyer, we encourage readers to check out the article posted at the Padres' official site last night.

Assuming this all holds up, an upgrade to Blanks' forecast will be in order in our next edition.  We're still forecasting him to hit only around .250, as he did in his first 54 big league games last year, but with regular playing time he could hit 15-20 home runs with maybe around 60 runs scored and 60 RBI in this environment.