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The Yankees are interested in Eric Chavez

Nov 12, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

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As are many other teams, reports Jon Heyman. Including the Angels and the Diamondbacks, for whom he took a hometown discount last season.

The Yankees interest is understandable. For one thing they probably wish they had him last year when your momma woulda been an upgrade at third base most days. Chavez, meanwhile, hit an excellent .281/.332/.478 in part time play for the Snakes. For another they may very well be without Alex Rodriguez for most or possibly even all of the 2014, depending on how long of a suspension he winds up with. And Chavez might be a better option than A-Rod even if he wasn’t suspended.

Of course a lot of teams would like to have Chavez, who made a mere $3 million last year. He’ll make more this year. Much more.

  1. stex52 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    He platooned last year. Are they ready to have him bat against righties and lefties?

  2. tfbuckfutter - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    I think Scott Rolen may be available as well.

  3. bigharold - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Chavez in the right situation should be OK but counting on him as a primary 3B is a mistake. But, he s a bit too fragile. They took a chance with Youkilist last year and they might as well taken that 12 Mil a set it on fire.

    The only way it makes much sense at all is if the plan on platooning him with Nunez. If they count on Chavez as a full time 3B they will regret it.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      He’d be a great sometimes 3B, sometimes DH and lefty bat off the bench. The Yankees need someone less than full-time for all three of those roles. Chavez could fit the bill nicely.

      • bigharold - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        It’s hard to figure because even if A-Rod doesn’t lose most of the season to suspension there is a good possibility that he’s going to lose 50 games. And, even if he loses none, will his hip allow him to play much at 3B? Which is complicated by Jeter’s situation. I would think that the the Yankees need versatility, .. someone that can play 3B or SS to solidify the infield defense, (assuming that the eventually sign Cano). But they’re going to need offense too.

        I like Nix in that role but but can the Yankees put up with his .235-.240 BA all season again. The Yankees need an infielder that can hit. Nunez can hit but his defense is not there.

        Look at it this way; with the exception of Robinson Cano, .. if you compare A-Rod to EVERY OTHER player that played SS or 3B over 1145 PA or 1043 AB they all had a total of 10 HRs, .. in 181 PA and 156 ABs had 7. A-Rod had a better BA than any of them, significantly better OBP and way better SLG%. And with all that said I’m still thinking that Chavez is a bit too fragile.

        The Yankees need either A-Rod or Jeter to show up next season in some close proximity to their former selves or it’ll be a long season.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        The biggest thing with ARod and/or Jeter is not so much “how will they perform on the field” as it is “will they be on the field at all.” If they play, they will likely play decently well. ARod’s numbers in 2013 were terrible when compared to the ARod of old, or when valued against his salary. But those numbers, extrapolated over 550-600 PAs would be better than 10 or 15 MLB teams got out of their 3B position. If he plays for the Yankees, he will contribute positively with his play. If he doesn’t play, someone else will fill some of that void, and I hope it is someone better than Jayson Nix.

        I would venture a similar statement for Jeter, though with less certainty about his ability on either side of the ball. The bar is so low for contributions from a shortstop that I am sure his worst case scenario is slightly below average.

        If they can get Chavez and Jhonny Peralta, I would suggest adding both, especially while ARod’s status is up in the air.

  4. hushbrother - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Chavez is like Paul Molitor, a guy who couldn’t stay healthy in his prime but who has come into his own in his 30’s.

    • Joe - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      I don’t think this is true. Chavez exceeded 550 PAs for seven straight years (age 22-28) and hasn’t reached 400 since then. He was a very healthy player at the beginning of his career. Molitor was actually pretty healthy during his comparable years, though did have a couple seasons cut short. And Molitor’s real strength was that he was mostly a full-timer through age 41. He had a couple of injury-shortened seasons in his 30’s.

      Looked at another way, Chavez has a distinct but not overwhelming advantage in PAs through age 28 (4,700+ vs. 4,100+ for Molitor), but Molitor trounces him in the 29-35 age range (4,300 PAs vs. 1,300+ for Chavez).

  5. cackalackyank - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    OH! The IRONY!

  6. lexi317 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I still question why they let him go in the first place.

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