Jul 31, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez (12) smiles after he hit a RBI during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Re-signing Eric Chavez a priority for Diamondbacks

Veteran infielder Eric Chavez had a bit of a resurgence with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, hitting .281 with 9 home runs and 44 RBI in just 80 games. Those numbers came off a solid 2012 campaign with the New York Yankees, numbers that were a bit shocking considering Chavez looked to be headed towards the retirement line just a few seasons ago.

Dealing with a rash of injuries, the long time Oakland Athletics third baseman had contemplated hanging up the cleats before the Yankees gave him an opportunity – an opportunity he ran with in Arizona as well.

That has lead to Chavez becoming a hot commodity during free agency with multiple teams expressing interest in the 36-year-old veteran. One team interested in bringing back Chavez are the Yankees, though, they’re going to have stiff competition considering the D’Backs have reportedly made it a ‘priority‘ to retain Chavez:

#Dbacks still want a starter but that’s likely to come via free agency. Bringing Eric Chavez back has become a priority. Tanaka?

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