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Endy Chavez’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $1.5 million

Dec 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

Endy Chavez, Kerwin Danley, Miguel Olivo AP

Baltimore made Endy Chavez‘s one-year contract official, announcing that he’ll get $1.5 million upfront and another $500,000 in potential incentives.

That’s more or less the going rate for a veteran fourth outfielder, which is the role Chavez will fill in 2012 after turning his career around by hitting .301 with five homers and a .749 OPS in 83 games for the Rangers.

Chavez performing that well again is unlikely, particularly at age 34, but his usual empty .275 batting average and good range make him a decent fit in the same role Felix Pie filled for the Orioles this past season.

  1. hep3 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    His empty .275 average at $1.5 million would have been perfect for the Dodgers. They could move Kemp to his natural RF, Ethier to LF and Chavez in CF. Instead that well known “genius,” Ned Colletti will have a $4.5 million statue in LF, Juan Rivera. Rivera will also not even hit an empty .275. I guess there is also Tony Gwynn, Jr. who has almost the same skills as Chavez, but is on a new two year deal.

    Those Giants made a great move when they let Colletti interview with the Los Angeles McCourts.

  2. boh930 - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    And this rounds out the most exciting Orioles news of the offseason. See you next winter, folks, when we can reflect on another 100 losses and maybe something like a Reed Johnson signing

    • randomdigits - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      All those GM candidates turning them down was a lot more exciting then Chavez. Heck the Korean submarine pitcher turning them down to stay in Korea was more exciting then Chavez.

    • DJ MC - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      Hey hey hey now. Tyler Teagarden says, “Remember me? No? Well, I guess I should expect that.”

  3. bmoreballers - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    I think this could be one of the final pieces needed to get the o’s over the hump

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Dan Duquette has already done some nice things. It looks like his time away definitely helped – I wonder if it’s made him more impartial, and therefore more practical.

  5. benandjerrysberryhorny - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    awesome

  6. malone6363 - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Unless the O’s sign Prince Fielder, the biggest offseason move they made was to bring back the cartoon bird.

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