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Eric Chavez hoping to continue playing career in 2012

Nov 16, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

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Veteran infielder Eric Chavez was said to be “leaning heavily” toward retirement back in early October, but he never filed papers and has now decided that he’s not yet ready to call it quits.

According to beat writer Wally Matthews of, Chavez’s agent has been telling front office executives that the 33-year-old will “definitely” return for his 15th major league season and is ready to begin reviewing free agent offers.

Chavez registered a poor .263/.320/.356 batting line across 175 plate appearances this year and missed nearly three months with a foot fracture, but he should be able to find an incentives-based one-year contract from a team desperate for corner infield depth. It’s not yet known whether the Yankees have interest.

  1. yankeesgameday - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    I would be happy if the Yanks brought him back as a lefty off the bench and back up third basement even though they have nunez. Weird playoff pinch hitting appearances aside I liked him last year and he got some clutch hits. It’s really all about pitching and a full time DH, which for some reason the Yanks don’t think they need.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM

      Did they trade Montero? Did I miss something?

      • yankeesgameday - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:45 AM

        That is a seperate, longer conversation, but I take the position that montero’s greatest value is as a catcher who can hit the cover off the ball so that they can ALSO have a full time DH.

        Martin is perfect for next year, but I home they split catching duties with him and montero so that by ’13 montero can catch full time.

        And that scenario leaves the Yanks with an opening at DH. But they don’t plan on signing one, they are just going to rotate players in there as needed.

        Call me crazy, but I think if you are allowed to have a DH then you should have an Edgar Martine

      • yankeesgameday - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:47 AM

        Edgar Martin, Jim Thome or David Ortiz.. not a revolving slot to give old dudes a “half day off”

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Well the Yankees have already said they liked him and were just waiting on him to make a decision on whether or not he was going to retire. Would love to see him back in Yankee Pinstripes in 2012.

  3. bigxrob - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    His 15th major league season? Good grief I am getting old. I never would have guessed he has been around that long.

  4. yournuts - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Were hoping your a Yankee again Eric.

  5. yankeesfanlen - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Agree with both of you.

  6. Kyle - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Good luck to him. Dude’s had a rough go of it.

  7. apgreco - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    The Yanks should re-sign him…..for his bat and for his glove. There is no way Arod can play third base for a full season. Chavez is still a great fielder and is a very tough out. He may have lost some power but he always gets the bat on the ball.

  8. pisano - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    I agree with the previous posts, bring Chavez back. He is good off the bench and backup third baseman.

  9. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    He’s probably not going to live long enough to get to spring train….oh, sorry. This is Eric Chavez we’re talking about. Time to take a little break from kneejerk ideology, I guess….

    • protius - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:22 AM

      Gator….Lmao…’ re killin’ me man, you’re killin’ me. Silva’s talking about Eric Chavez, who played 3rd base for the Yankees; and not Hugo Chávez who plays revolutionary for the Venezuelans.

      • Old Gator - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        Revolutionaries make great pivot men…..

  10. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    He could be a fit for the Twins if the glove still works. Valencia is not exactly a sure-thing at 3B and Morneau has got a lot of issues between the concussions, the neck, the wrist, being from Canada, etc…

    Some help at the corners could be a nice addition, especially if they lose Cuddyer and want to replace his veteran-ness

    • Old Gator - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      Someone who knows how to run a staircase chairlift would be a good fit for the Twins, not to mention the Feesh and Mariners. It’s a great way to get from the basement to the kitchen.

  11. tedzee222 - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Chavez is welcome back @ YankeeStadium in 2012. His #’s do not give a correct impression of the job (though small) he did. When A-rod is out with his usual problems, it’s nice to have a really good glove at 3rd base, and his batting ‘eye’ challenges pitchers.
    A NewYork tried&true (fragile) player to back-up at 3rd, or to PH or DH in certain situations “on the cheap” is exactly what the Yankees need.

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