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Sky blue, water wet, Eric Chavez out until September

Jul 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

Try not to faint at the the shock, but Susan Slusser reports that Eric Chavez, who is suffering from a neck injury, may not be
back until September.

Chavez was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday to make some roster space, but he’s eligible to come off it on July 20th.  Based on this news that’s highly unlikely, however.

I was about to say “looks like we’ve seen the end of Eric Chavez,” but I think, for all practical purposes, we saw the end of him sometime in 2006.

  1. JBerardi - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Eric Chavez’s attempts to have a career have been downright tragic for a while now. I really wish he’d just retire already.

  2. Detroit Michael - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    As long as he’s cashing Oakland’s paychecks on his big contract, doesn’t Eric Chavez have an obligation to try to rehab and play as best as he can? Unless he wants to leave tens of millions of dollars on the table, I don’t think he can just retire already.

  3. APBA Guy - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Chavez’s in in the last year of his 6 year, $ 60M contract. For the last two years, insurance has paid for some of the $ 23M that he was owed. This year, if he remains out all year, as seems likely, insurance will again pay for much of the $12M annual salary.
    Oakland is already making a profit on their $55M in player salaries vs a projected $ 160M in revenues. How much additional they make with the insurance payment (anywhere from 33%-80% depending on the policy) and any trades of Crisp and Sheets are undetermined as yet.
    It’s the Angelos model of ownership: put a bad team on the field in front of an empty stadium and collect revenue sharing and TV revenue to make a healthy profit. Spend very little on player development, scouting, international scouting especially, and mid-tier yet competitive free agents.
    The A’s have added the wrinkle of having a player who earns over 20% of the payroll play only 64 games in the last 3 years.

  4. Utley's hair - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    There’s just something wrong with being eligible to come off the 60-day DL after 13 days.

  5. Glenn - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    It’s retroactive to the last game played.

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