It isn’t a guaranteed Major League payday, but veteran outfielder Endy Chavez will be in a big league spring training for the 2014 season.
Endy Chavez has agreed to a minor league deal with #mariners, source says. Includes big league invite.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 23, 2014
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the 35-year-old outfielder (who will be 36 by opening day) has inked a deal with the Seattle Mariners, and that is an interesting situation for him. Chavez hasn’t been anything resembling a full-time player since he spent the 2006 season with the Mets and had nearly 400 plate appearances, but at the same time, he continues to be on MLB rosters, spending the last 3 seasons with different clubs.
At this stage of his career, Chavez isn’t a very productive hitter (at all), having last posted a .330+ on-base percentage back in 2006, but he does provide some positional value given his solid defense at all 3 outfield spots. The Mariners clearly have no need for Chavez as a “go-to” player, but at the same time, they have a dearth of offense-only players to the point where they could conceivably carry him as a 5th-outfielder/defensive replacement type for 2014.
At any rate, the veteran will have every opportunity to make a big league club for yet another season.