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Yankees sign Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts

Feb 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

Eric Chavez

According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have signed Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts. They’ll both get invites to spring training.

The oft-injured Chavez has played in a grand total of 154 games since the start of the 2007 season, but worked out for a number of teams this winter, including the Dodgers and the Blue Jays. The 33-year-old batted .234/.276/.333 with one home run and 10 RBI over 123 plate appearances with the A’s last season, but didn’t play another game in the big leagues after going on the disabled list with neck spasms in May. It’s hard to see a fit for the former Gold Glover, even if he’s healthy.

Belliard, who turns 36 in April, was released by the Dodgers last September after batting just .216/.295/.327 with two home runs and 19 RBI over 185 plate appearances. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that Belliard would earn a base salary of $825,000 plus incentives if he makes the team, but he’ll have to beat out Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena in order to win a roster spot.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    The mighty Yankees are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  2. golfjackal - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    If Billy let him go..that only means hes washed up.

  3. golfjackal - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    If Billy let him go that only means one thing….Chavez is washed up.

    • rmalmstrom - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Chavez washed up? Ya think?

      “Chavez has played in a grand total of 154 games since the start of the 2007 season”

    • trevorb06 - Feb 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

      You’re right on top of it aren’t you. This just in! Nazi Germany surrendered to the allies! The war is over!

  4. jh0088 - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:05 AM


  5. writtenbyross - Feb 5, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Bartolo, Belliard, waiting for Cashman’s next has-been Tribe signing: Albert Belle.

    • jetersusedjersey - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      Remember when Belle called the Indians to tell them he wasn’t interested in managing them. I think they were like “Who si this? Wtf? Oh yeah… Thanks!”. LMAO!

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