Spring training ends with no deal for Headley

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley leaves spring training with a healthy calf and no new contract.

And he's OK with that.

Headley said Wednesday he's "definitely 100 percent" after being slowed by a strained right calf for much of the spring.

Headley also indicated that, as expected, there have been no breakthroughs in contract talks with the team and he's preparing to become a free agent at the end of the season.

"I think we're kind of past that at this point in time," Headley said, regarding the chance of a new deal.

Headley hit 31 home runs and led the National League with 115 RBIs in 2012. His numbers dipped to .250 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs a year ago after he rebuffed the Padres' willingness to negotiate a deal during the season.

Headley settled on a one-year, $10.5 million contract in January to avoid arbitration. And he said he'll have no issues being in a contract year for the second straight season.

"No, I've had a lot of practice at that," Headley said. "So, no, I'm good. I probably feel better now than I have in a few years because there was some lingering stuff before. It's good to have a peace of mind knowing exactly where it is.