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Mariners sign outfielder Endy Chavez to minors deal

Mar 24, 2013, 12:49 PM EST

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez.

Chavez was released by the Royals on Friday after hitting just .188 with zero extra-base hits in 33 spring plate appearances. The 35-year-old is likely to open the 2013 season at Triple-A Tacoma, where he will act as organizational outfield depth for Seattle.

Chavez batted .273/.328/.342 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 54 games with the Mariners in 2009.

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UPDATE, 12:49 PM ET: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times confirms that it’s a minor league contract.

  1. mmason0071 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    This is a bit of a surprise since the Mariner’s seem to already have enough outfielders. Look like they are going to keep Bay, who has looked very good this spring, and drop Casper Wells, who hasn’t. Endy will be stored at AAA in case Gutierrez gets hurt again and they need somebody who can backup CF. Just hope he doesn’t have PTSD nightmares about Yuniesky Betancourt destroying his knee with the M’s in 2009.

  2. Old Gator - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Must’ve been one hell of a bidding war between Zduriencik and Beinfest.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Was this really the best Chavez could do? Playing behind Bay, Gutierrez, Saunders, Morse, Ibanez and Wells?

    He would probably be the Mets opening day starter in CF, and their est outfielder.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      “…best outfielder.”

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