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Orioles sign OF Endy Chavez to one-year deal

Dec 18, 2011, 7:17 PM EST

Endy Chavez, Kerwin Danley, Miguel Olivo AP

Confirming a report out of the Dominican Republic, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says the Orioles have signed Endy Chavez to a one-year deal.

No word yet on the terms, but the deal shouldn’t be worth much more than $1 million.

Chavez, who turns 34 in February, hit .301/.323/.426 in 256 at-bats for the Rangers after being called up from Truple-A last May. It probably qualified as the second best season of his career. He hit .306/.348/.431 in 353 at-bats for the Mets in 2006, but he’s struggled to stay in the majors in the five years since.

Chavez will replace Felix Pie as a left-handed-hitting fourth outfielder for the Orioles. Since he remains a pretty good center fielder, he’s a decent use of a roster spot, even though he probably won’t hit so well again. Ideally, the Orioles won’t need to give him too much time in left field, though that could depend on how Nolan Reimold performs.

  1. benandjerrysberryhorny - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    great

  2. ireportyoudecide - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    YES!! The final piece of the puzzle.

  3. ash2211 - Dec 19, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    The orioles are pretty much the rangers AAA team.

    • Panda Claus - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      …but that’s still an improvement for them, right?

  4. gatherspeed - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    One of the last Expos.

  5. pogodog7 - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    After this signing, the rest of the AL East are just going to give up.

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