Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Resurrection of Eric Chavez

At one time Eric Chavez was a premier third baseman, but then injuries curtailed his production and time spent on the field and he was basically left for dead.  He was so good at so young of an age that it's hard to believe he's in his 15th MLB season at the age of 34.  He began his career as a 20 year old with the Oakland Athletics back in 1998.  In 2002 he had a breakout season, batting .277/.850 with 26 HR and 86 RBI.  From that point onward, he went on a string of 6 solid seasons at the plate and win the field.  He had a power bat that was good for knocking in runs and his defense was highly regarded as he won 6 straight Gold Glove awards while manning the hot corner.  However, things started falling apart in 2007, and by the time his contract (6 YR/$66M) expired with the A's after the 2010 season , nobody wanted him.  He had to settle for a minor league contract with the Yankees and while helping them make the playoffs, still only produced a .676 OPS.  He was only a shell of his former self.  Chavez was considering retirement this past offseason.  The Yankees coaxed him into returning and thank goodness for them he did.

2012 has marked the resurrection of Eric Chavez.  He is currently batting .303/.909 over 79 games, with 13 HR and 31 RBI while filling in for injured stars like Alex Rodriguez at 3rd base and Mark Teixeira at 1st.  He still plays quality defense too!

He's signed to a bargain bin price of $900K, so suffice to say he's in line for a bigger payday when he hits free agency this upcoming offseason  Given his injury riddled past and elderly age, a 2 year contract might be hard to obtain, but somebody might go 2 YR/$6M on him and hope to get lucky.

Career stats: .268/.820, 774 R, 299 DBL, 245 HR, 844 RBI.


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