Chavez, Yanks Strike Minor League Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says third baseman Eric Chavez and the New York Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Chavez won AL Gold Gloves with Oakland from 2001-06 and has spent all 13 of his major league seasons with the Athletics.

Injuries limited him to 33 games last year after he played in just 23 in 2008 and eight in 2009.

Chavez has had five operations since September 2007, including three on his shoulder and two on his back. He felt spasms on both sides of his neck last year after a spring training drill in which a minor leaguer collided with his right shoulder.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • KyleM

    Look…Chavez deal can’t hurt the Yanks, as he signed small contract, and he won’t cost ML money until/unless he helps them at the ML level. When he was healthy, he was an All-Star. Way beyond those days, but when healthy, can be a great late inning D replacement/sub. Lefty bat off bench. No gamble here, no risk.

  • raging moderate

    Eeesh. Yanks will be a trainwreck this year. Between Prior, Garcia, Chavez, Andruw Jones, and now Chavez Yanks would make a good “Twilight League” team


    Another in a long string of really bad Yankee offseason moves this year. They will be fighting for 3rd place in the AL East.

    • jamie hamma

      yanks will be in 2nd and a playoff team. losing crawford and soriano will be too much for tampa to overcome. i will say again, cashman is’nt fit to work as an attendant in theo epsteins bathroom,, the best move of the offseason was signing the afformentioned soriano. and that wasnt cashmans idea.. what a moron

    • KPMc

      I really don’t see how a Minor League contract for a former hardly-regarded veteran anyone can be a bad move. Insignificant to the Major League club maybe but how can it be bad?

      The Yankees have done quite a few of these deals this year to see if anyone has anything left to contribute to the big club as do many teams. If the worst that happens is none make it to NY this season the Yankees can still afford their Minor League salaries.

      • HGLEWIS

        Let me re-phrase…..Not a BAD move per se, but a STUPID and WORTHLESS move. Insignificant, as you mention. My point is, it’s money that can be better well spent in other places (i.e. starting pitching). It’s just kind of dumb to think a guy who gets hurt as much as Chavez has anything to contribute, so really, what is the point?

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