The New York Yankees signed Chase Headley to anchor third base for four seasons after coming over in a trade deadline move during the 2014 season. Headley, 32, played as if rejuvenated after flailing in San Diego. Unfortunately, the contract has been nothing short of a disaster with Headley coming down with a bad case of the fielding yips last season and putting together one of the worst hitting performances in the game so far this season.
Headley's fielding woes have subsided some, as he has made just three errors this season, and he is not forcing Yankees' first basemen to work hard to grab his throws. Regrettably, the fielding issues have been supplanted by a terrible offensive slump that has dropped Headley to the ninth spot in the batting order; surely not the performance a team wants from their third baseman.
In 102 plate appearances in 2016, Headley has just 15 hits, all singles. Headley's triple-slash line is ugly - .178/.265/.178 and a 28 OPS+. Headley has had his fair share of prolonged slumps, but this one ranks as the worst with this many plate appearances. Sadly, other stretches show Headley suffers through some epic skids: