Yankees Sign Eric Chavez To Minor League Deal

The Yankees have signed Eric Chavez to a minor league deal, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that the deal is done and that Chavez will earn $1.5MM if he makes the big league team (Twitter links). The third baseman, who is represented by Lapa/Leventhal, can earn up to $4MM more in bonuses.

Until now, the 33-year-old Chavez has been a career Oakland Athletic.  Unfortunately for the veteran, he has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, seeing time in just 64 games across the last three seasons.  In 13 big league seasons, Chavez owns a slash line of .267/.343/.478.

Chavez worked out for the Dodgers a few weeks ago and has also been linked to the Mariners and Blue Jays in recent months.


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150 Comments on "Yankees Sign Eric Chavez To Minor League Deal"


selw0nk
4 years 6 months ago

Nice! I hope he come back healthy. Good backup for A-Rod

wintwins
4 years 6 months ago

at least there is one person who is excited about this

Redsoxn8tion
4 years 6 months ago

Strange move. I agree that they need pitching. Their offense already speaks fir itself.

Fangaffes
4 years 6 months ago

Not that strange, actually. Remember that ARod had the same injury as Mike Lowell and is now at the age where Lowell’s hip started breaking down completely. Sounds like good insurance.

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 6 months ago

They will need insurance for their insurance….thats not good insurance

Pete
4 years 6 months ago

LOL

Blue387
4 years 6 months ago

I expect the Yankees to also sign Jermaine Dye any day now.

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

Throw in Erubiel Durazo and you’ve got yourself a deal.

Steven St Croix
4 years 6 months ago

Add BK Kim and you’ve got s deal!

4 years 6 months ago

Gary Sheffield wants in.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Ricky can still play!

4 years 6 months ago

So can Babe Ruth.

phoenix2042
4 years 6 months ago

you know barry bonds never actually retired. nor did bernie williams. i think we see a new outfield in NY!

4 years 6 months ago

He’s playing in Japan sorry

wintwins
4 years 6 months ago

Hee Seop Choi is what they need

Chrisn313
4 years 6 months ago

One name… Esteban Loaiza

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

Hell if were mentioning Loazia, might as well bring Jeff Weaver back

4 years 6 months ago

any relation to Bok Choi? lol

Pete
4 years 6 months ago

Hey Kenny Lofton never officially retired either.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 6 months ago

David Wells just cracked open a cold one but he could be ready for Spring Training, my sources tell me haha

4 years 6 months ago

Cashman is supposed to be replacing Pettitte, not A-Rod!

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Pfft, they already got a Chavez caliber pitcher… Bartolo Colon

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

This is shaping up to be a wonderful 2004 season.

4 years 6 months ago

They’re trying to be like the Devil Rays! XD

4 years 6 months ago

vaughn eschelman

Gurvir Nijjar
4 years 6 months ago

OMG he should of signed in Toronto he could have gotten a everyday job but he goes to new york and will end up in the minors

not_brooks
4 years 6 months ago

Two things:

1. How can anyone type “should of” and think it makes any sense?

2. An everyday job for Chavez? What, was he going to be the everyday DJ in the trainer’s room?

4 years 6 months ago

Two things:

1. Just guessing that English is Gurvir’s second language. Let’s not be jerks.

2. If healthy, Chavez is better than 3/4 of the third basemen in the league. He might have won a starting job in Toronto or Seattle. It is hard to see how signing with the Yankees makes sense for Chavez.

Pete
4 years 6 months ago

Its 2011 and Chavez is made of glass and finds it impossible to have over 100 PAs in a season. E5 will have a higher WAR than Chavez will this year.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

When you say better than 3/4 of the league… you mean the Double-A Eastern League, right?

rbeezy
4 years 6 months ago

chavez will never start again in the league, it is physically impossible for him to do so. They are looking at this as a partime 3B, bench bat and that is all.

Janssen
4 years 6 months ago

For anyone who still cares, the reason he did not sign in Toronto is pretty obvious. His representatives were asking for an incentive based deal. AA has said pretty clearly that he is not interested in signing those kinds of deals. So that pretty much nixes and chance he had of signing with the Jays.

$1545094
4 years 6 months ago

why would he want to go to the Yankees? even if he’s healthy he’s not going to start anywhere. he could have potentially been a starter on numerous other teams.
even if he’s chasing a ring, he picked the wrong season to go to the Yankees.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

I think it’s safe to say that he wouldn’t be a starter on any of the 30 teams anymore.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

not really. Lots of teams are in need of a real 3B. If he could stay even a bit healthy, he could be a starter on teams like Toronto or even the Angels

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

And my point is that there is zero reason for any team to say that they will go into the beginning of a season with Chavez as their starting 3B. Even if the Indians were to sign him, a team desperate for a 3B for a while, they would know better than to expect more than 50 games from him.Let him start off the bench or in a platoon role and keep the door open for more.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 6 months ago

He’d have gotten a lot more playing time in LA. Maybe what we heard about him was wrong. I guess he doesn’t mind being paid to pick splinters out of his backside.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Its already been said that Blake will rest a lot and play some LF. Chavez would of got some decent playing time.. How many goddamned ABs did GA get last year?

BlueSkyLA
4 years 6 months ago

Blake playing LF doesn’t make any sense unless two other outfielders are on the DL. He might have gotten some play at first if the Dodgers had signed Chavez. As it stands, he’ll probably be spelled often by Uribe especially against RH pitching. The point I was making though is the story going around was that Chavez wanted playing time, and also preferred to stay close to home. Seems he was willing to ride the pine on the other coast for the right paycheck.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

He fills the DL spot for us.

If he can stay healthy (big if) then he could be a good bat off the bench and fill in for Arod. This way we don’t have to call up Laird unless Arod is hurt for a long period.

He and Belliard are just invitees so no there’s no risk.

rzepczynski
4 years 6 months ago

good thing you were a fan since 78 so you could give such good insight on this deal…

tacko
4 years 6 months ago

ba-zing.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

each one teacn one “zeppy”.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Figures notsureifsrs would “like” this. Sell out. :(

piro18
4 years 6 months ago

If this was 2002 this team would be STACKED!!!

Vmmercan
4 years 6 months ago

So the pattern is, Yankees sign low-risk signings, get mocked. Yankees sign big names and fans whine for months.

Maybe Cashman should just never sign anyone at all and play exclusively through his farm system like all the other teams do….Oh wait.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Or maybe they can sign players anonymously and just have them show in ST.

4 years 6 months ago

Or maybe we should all just agree that Red Sox fans are the biggest Hypocrites in sports. They B & M about the Yankees building their team through free agents (“buying” a ring) even though 3/5 of the boston rotation was through signings (Beckett, Lackey, Dice-K), they just shelled out a $100mm+ contract to a player who NEVER hit 20 Hrs, and they have the second highest payroll in MLB (and possibly the highest after its all said and done this off season). But the Yankees are bad because they do the same thing. These Red Sox fans are something else. They have the exact same sort of Off season NY had two years ago, and all of the sudden they act like only NY signs players. Boston is a joke. I can’t wait for the season to start…

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 6 months ago

Thank you well said. Believe it or not though there are classy Red Sox fans out there and I am the same except I’m a Yankee fan as well as a baseball fan. It is a LONG year alot can happen. Play Ball!

Fangaffes
4 years 6 months ago

Get real. There is no possibility whatsoever that the Red Sox will have the highest payroll this season. Or even close.

phoenix2042
4 years 6 months ago

maybe not the highest. but they will be darn close. in fact, earlier in the offseason, before the yankees signed garcia and jones, the red sox had the highest payroll in MLB.

Fangaffes
4 years 6 months ago

Wow! Do some research! Jones is making $2M and there is nobody named Garcia on the Yankees 40 man roster. Yet the Yankees 2011 obligations currently stand at $34M more than the Red Sox – see Cot’s Baseball Contracts. So it is not possible that, at any time this year, the Red Sox had a higher payroll than the Yankees – or even close.

Kolukonu
4 years 6 months ago

A solid addition to the bench if he can stay healthy. He is an animal with the glove.

phoenix2042
4 years 6 months ago

maybe i’m just crazy, but wasn’t eduardo nunez supposed to be the backup 3B? he could really use the experience, and i bet he could be a pretty good defensive replacement that could play SS too to back up jeter.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Chavez didn’t sign anything. He’s a ST invitee. He isn’t guaranteed anything.

Vmmercan
4 years 6 months ago

I get the feeling the Yankees value Nunez as higher potential than a career backup like they do with Pena…He was held out of some big trades as a second or third piece and now they seem to prefer veteran talent over keeping him from playing everyday (at AAA)

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

Can he pitch?!

…am I doin it right?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

this has to be the single most greatest meme created in mlbtr

oh, and you should always add -B. Cashman at the end

fivepoint0
4 years 6 months ago

Andy who?

4 years 6 months ago

I like these minor signings the Yankees are doing lately. Now, i’d like to see Aceves re-signed (not sure about the extent of his injury) and hopefully some of the good young pitching in the pipeline (Banuelos, Betances, Brackman etc.) can break with big club and help the back end of the rotation.

corey23
4 years 6 months ago

Really Chavy? the friggin yankees? I was pulling for you… I mean come on at least sign a deal with someone who will let you play.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

i’m guessing nobody gave him a deal

corey23
4 years 6 months ago

ugh, just can’t picture him in a yankees uni… i dont even want to see it

4 years 6 months ago

No worries, he’ll be on the DL before Opening Day.

4 years 6 months ago

When he plays he gets hurt. Face it, he’s a back-up at best in this league.

4 years 6 months ago

Great sign, i really hope he makes the team, and the bench it’s going to be awesome.
Just two quality starters and the yanks return to the top.

not_brooks
4 years 6 months ago

Unless you really like Kevin Millwood and Jarrod Washburn, I don’t think you’re going to find those two quality starters…

Ichiroll
4 years 6 months ago

Who aren’t the Yankees signing? Good freakin god….

4 years 6 months ago

Cliff Lee!

Ichiroll
4 years 6 months ago

Should have rephrased that to “Which washed up ball-player aren’t the Yankees signing?”

RiverKKiller999
4 years 6 months ago

They will easily win the Triple A World Series this year. :)

They are living in the past.

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

Their past is better than your future!

4 years 6 months ago

He’ll be good for about 25 games at most….and then back on DL for the rest of the season. But Yanks have tons of money….so financially, no problem. They can’t bring anybody up from the Farm….they traded them all away….so are forced to try this.

JerseyJohn32190
4 years 6 months ago

Wow, you got so many things wrong in so few sentences. Kind of impressive.