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Hmmm, the “Eric Chavez is coming back” stories are early this year . . .

Nov 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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This is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. Or really any year after 2006:

[Chavez's agent says] Chavez is handling “pretty strenuous workouts’’ five days a week at Athletes Performance in Arizona just fine and “from our perspective, is completely healthy . . . Eric’s looking for the right opportunity, at the right time but his hope and desire is to be playing next season.”

I guess you could give him a non-roster invite, play him for nine innings in every single spring training game from the time they begin until the end of March, and then, if he hasn’t ‘asploded yet, maybe offer him a bench job.  But really, I think everyone has been around this block enough times to where even that is pushing it a bit.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    If he got more than a non-roster invite, I’d be blown away. If he REALLY is at or near 100%, maybe he’d serve well on the bench of the Diamondbacks, Pirates or Marlins. Maybe.

  2. xpensivewinos - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Meet the new starting third baseman of the San Diego Padres.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    But is he in the best shape of his life?

  4. Detroit Michael - Nov 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    It reminds me of Rocco Baldelli the last couple of years.

    In a vacuum, you’d think that Chavez might fit on a major league roster, but when you realize that you can’t count on him to be healthy whenever your regular player hits the DL, then it’s hard to squeeze that extra player onto a 25-man roster given that 12 slots are devoted to pitchers routinely.

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