It wasn’t all that long ago that Eric Chavez was looking retirement straight in the face.
Dealing with a multitude of crippling injuries, age and declining skills (or so we thought), it seemed as if Chavez retiring would only be a formality. But the former Oakland Athletics star refused to give in and eventually carved out a role with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season which saw him put up an impressive .281/.332/.478 triple slash, including nine home runs and 44 RBI in just 80 games.
Needless to say, that has intrigued a handful of teams looking for cheap corner infield insurance:
The Eric Chavez market is heating up, with at least seven teams in on the free-agent third baseman at the moment.The Rangers, Rays, Pirates, Braves, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Yankees all have checked in with interest, though the Yankees’ signing of Kelly Johnson might diminish the chances of a return to New York.
Chavez won’t come without risk, namely his injury history, but assuming he’s cheap – teams could certainly do a lot worse than the aging veteran.