Padres third baseman Chase Headley has been placed on waivers reports Jon Heyman of

Before we go any further let us keep in mind that this isn't like he's been designated for assignment. Many teams place players on waivers in August. Plus if a player is claimed the team could pull him back and keep him.

It is important because if Headley clears waivers he could be traded to anyone. Also if claimed the Padres could let the claiming team keep him and the rest of his contract or work out a trade with the claiming team.

Headley 29 is making $8.575 million in 2013 and is third-year arbitration eligible for next season -- so expect a similar figure if not a small raise. He'll be a free agent after the 2014 season.