Rangers Sign Endy Chavez

The Rangers signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal. The outfielder will earn $1MM if he makes the team and the Rangers have a $1.25MM option for Chavez's services in 2011.

The 32-year-old's season ended prematurely last year when he collided with Yuniesky Betancourt and tore his ACL. 

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, who first reported the deal (via Twitter), noted last week that Chavez could be ready in April or May. Jon Heyman of SI.com added the terms of the contract (via Twitter).

Chavez has hit .270/.312/.367 in his nine-season career.  However, he is better known for his defense, as demonstrated by his lifetime UZR/150 of 15.7 and his famous catch in game seven of the 2006 NLCS.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.

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  1. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    and jermaine dye loses another suitor….

    but man, smart move hope he recovers. You can never go wrong with a minor league deal.

  2. Guest 5 years ago

    A tremendous signing. For a team that goes by pitching and defense, This is a perfect signing.

    The guy is one of the best defensive outfielders in Baseball. I think that there is a 100% chance he makes the big league club. Good Job Jon!

    • Ichiroll 5 years ago

      Rangers, pitching and defense? Rangers have awful pitching.

      • Guest 5 years ago

        Actually I’m going to disagree.

        They have a good bullpen, but not many people seem to realize that their young rotation is actually very very good. Derek Holland is one of the premier young pitchers in Baseball. One of the rising stars. The Rangers rejected to trade him for Roy Halladay back at the deadline. As for their 4 and 5, Tommy Hunter and Neftali Feliz are top of the line. Feliz is one of the best prospects in all of Baseball.

        When healthy, Rich Harden and his best right handed change up in Baseball are unhittable.

        As for Scott Feldman, He is projected to start opening day for the Rangers. He is looking to build on a pretty good ’09 season. I wouldn’t discount the Rangers pitching for a minute.

        • Ichiroll 5 years ago

          I’ll give you Scott Feldman and potentially Rich Harden. Naftali Feliz has no major league experience, it’s quite rare that a pitcher comes out and dominates in the transition from A-Ball to the bigs. Eventually the kid is going to be marvelous pitcher, but he does not put them over the mark to consider the Rangers a pitching minded team, and definitely does not make them a good pitching staff this coming season.

          Holland has done absolutely nothing note-worthy of being even considered a premier young pitcher.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Actually Holland pitched a 3 hit shutout against the Angels and dominated the Red Sox.

            You can take Tommy Hunter but at least give me Derek Holland.

          • Ichiroll 5 years ago

            Any pitcher can come out of no where and pitch a gem, it’s a matter of consistency. Which he lacks.. 2 starts does not justify a pitcher, it’s an entire season.

            I’m not saying any of them are BAD pitchers, they just don’t fit the criteria of a “very very good” pitching staff.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            There are only a few teams who have a very good pitching staff. I’m just implying that they are solid.

        • jrpedroza 5 years ago

          ranger still need 1 & 2 pitcher rest are average and need a soild manger and good catcher and fired the generaldmanager

      • BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

        The Rangers pitching improved last year, and only stands to improve even further if all their young talent pans out.

        • Ichiroll 5 years ago

          Improved is one thing, to say they’re a very very good staff is beyond ridiculous..

          • BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

            As of right now, yes. I don’t agree with you that they were awful last year, however. Average perhaps, but not awful.

  3. GOwhitesoxNgiants 5 years ago

    Nicee signing by the rangers; they could now incoporate speed, along with power, in their lineup!

    • Bravoboy10 5 years ago

      Uhm are you familiar with Kinsler, Bourbon, Cruz, and Andrus?

  4. Well this is disappointing, I was hoping he would re-sign with the Mariners but oh well. Anyways, SPANdemonium he wont make the team. He is still recovering from last years injury. He wont be ready till late May at best. Oh and LarryDelucaNY what exactly is wrong with Endy Chavez? He isn’t like a great hitter but he gets by and he is an amazing outfielder. So exactly what are you expecting?

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Well I think he will accept the outright and when he is healthy, the Rangers will call him up.

  5. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    Speedy outfield depth I like this move once he is healthy.

  6. osfan3000 5 years ago

    im glad he finally found a job. i was rooting for him. Thx Rangers! I still remember THE catch. Good Luck Endy Chavez, Hope everything works out!

  7. Bravoboy10 5 years ago

    Nice sign, yet another reason why Yuniesky Betancourt is one of the 10 worst every day players in the laegue: He has more forced casualties than HR’s for his career

  8. Eric 5 years ago

    Betancourt really did a number on Chavez on that play in 09. Chavez is a good player but it is really unknown how Endy will recover from this torn ACL. It was said that Chavez’s defense was in great part from his speed. He may never be the same player, but I wish him the best of luck.

    I actually would have liked to have the M’s resign him to a minor league deal but not for 1M.

  9. CrustyJuggler 5 years ago

    Love Endy Chavez but his knee injury was no joke. They actually questioned if he would ever play again. Even if he does come back from it this year, theres no telling the impact a rebuilt knee will have on his running ability. And face it, if Endy isn’t able to run like he used to, he’s no longer a viable player for a MLB club.

    Even though its the Rangers, I wish Endy well. Good guy.

  10. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    wow only a 1.25MM team option!! chavez needs to fire his agent. If he regains his form, his defense alone is worth 3-4MM.

  11. m4r1n3r 5 years ago

    Best of luck to Endy. Kind of a big risk for the Rangers though. A big part of Endy’s value was his speed and defense. Both could be hugely impacted by this injury.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      “big risk”

      1 million dollars for a bench player is a big risk?

  12. CaseStreet 5 years ago

    Don’t forget Endy can drop a perfect drag bunt for a hit, though without speed it’s an out.

  13. jdub220 5 years ago

    Congrats to Endy. I hope he makes it back. I saw his injury, and I didn’t think he’d ever be able to play again. I hate you, Yuniesky Bentancourt.

    • BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

      The real story behind that injury is that Endy was blinded by Yuniesky’s sheer shittyness, resulting in him colliding with Yuniesky.

  14. tex_06 5 years ago

    Another LH hitting outfielder?? Hmm, I see the defense and speed point but lots of lefties…
    Baldelli must be too expensive?

  15. ghost5599 5 years ago

    Endy played great in his short time with the M’s last year. Shame that it was injury shortened.

  16. losingfaithinmightymelvin 5 years ago

    I wanted the Brewers to scoop this guy up ASAP when I heard he was DFA’d. Crew would rather go out and get Jim Edmonds who has no speed left and didn’t play last year. Not because of an injury, but because he “didn’t find a contract he liked”. Once again I am reminded why my screen name is what it is. Bad move Melvin for not picking this guy up. Endy would almost have been guaranteed the 4th OF spot in Milwaukee, ya you heard me Judy Gerut.

  17. Guest 5 years ago

    What don’t you like about Endy Chavez? How is this not a good move? Boggs is not going to make the team. Endy Chavez is good for his defense (which is what he will be used for).

    Also he is going to be the 2010 version of Dewayne Wise. When Rich Harden is pitching a perfect game, Chavez will come in in the 9th to rob Gabe Kapler of a home run to perserve the perfect game.

  18. osfan3000 5 years ago

    wishful thinking eh? haha

  19. bucs_lose_again 5 years ago

    Pitching a perfect game requires you to pitch 9 innings. If Harden pitches 9 innings this year in a game, I’ll eat your hat.

  20. BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

    Yeah, it’s Endy Chavez. Easily one of the best defensive outfielders currently playing, and is a perfect late-game replacement when defense is needed. He can play every outfield position incredibly well. He can also steal a base every now and again.

    It’s a bad minor league deal because? No one is expecting him to be a starter. He’s simply a bench guy.

  21. BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

    I’ll eat brusselsprouts drenched in Limburger cheese and wash it down with prune juice if that happens.

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