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Royals sign outfielder Endy Chavez

Dec 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Endy Chavez has agreed to a deal with the Royals, according to Jon Heyman of

Chavez had a nice bounceback season with the Rangers in 2011 after missing all of 2010, but then hit just .203 with a .515 OPS in 64 games for the Orioles this year.

He also hit just .147 in 15 games at Triple-A and turns 35 years old in February, so Chavez is purely backup outfielder material.

UPDATE: It’s a minor-league deal, not surprisingly.

  1. mazblast - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    This is the kind of low-risk, low-reward signing low-end teams like the Royals waste time on every year. If you’re going to sign guys, sign young and/or high-reward players.

    Endy is what he is, a capable 5th OF at best, he’s not going to improve suddenly.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I think he hit over .400 in spring training but his body is falling apart and he was pretty awful after returning from the DL last season.

  3. jkcalhoun - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    As bad as his offseason has been, any inconsequential move has to rank as one of Dayton Moore’s best. Bravo, I guess.

  4. dcfan4life - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Wouldnt surprise me if he doesnt make the team and the Royals lose virtually nothing.

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