Nov 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EST
Injuries have wrecked Eric Chavez’s career and after paying him $62.5 million to hit just .249/.322/.434 while missing more than half of the team’s games over the past six seasons the A’s declined his $12 million option for 2011.
Chavez will get a $3.5 million buyout instead and may be considering retirement despite being just 32 years old.
It’s easy to forget because he hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2006–and the A’s have struggled since then as well–but Chavez was once among the best all-around players in the league.
Selected by the A’s with the 10th overall pick in the 1996 draft he hit .280/.357/.513 with an average of 30 homers through his first five full seasons and won six Gold Glove awards at third base before age 30.
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