Eric Chavez To Work Out With Dodgers, Two AL Clubs

Eric Chavez will work out with the Dodgers on January 20, and has two other private workouts lined up with American League clubs, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  The AL teams aren't named, but Slusser says the A's aren't one of them, and specifies that the Dodgers are the only southern Californian team in the mix.  (Twitter link)  We heard last month that Seattle had "checked in" on Chavez, so they could be one of the two mystery teams.

The Dodgers were rumored to have an interest in bringing Chavez in for a workout.  They fit Chavez's preference to remain in southern California and Slusser notes that Chavez has spoken to Don Mattingly.  The left-handed hitting Chavez could be a nice platoon partner with incumbent Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake, a right-handed hitter who only managed a .663 OPS against right-handed pitching last season.

The big question, of course, is Chavez's health.  He has undergone two back surguries and three shoulder surguries in his career and he has played in just 64 games since July 26, 2007.  Chavez told Slusser that his "throwing has been unreal" in workout sessions at the Athletes' Performance center in Arizona (which is of particular interest given Chavez's Gold Glove defense in his prime) but he "needs to see live pitching to judge the hitting accurately."

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