Just a few years ago, Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez was contemplating retirement thanks to a rash of injuries. Now, at 35, he is having a fantastic season and has become worthy of consideration in fantasy baseball leagues.
Chavez is now hitting .326 with a .386 OBP, five home runs and 18 RBI on the season. Much of his production has come in May as he has hit in nine of 12 games, going 17-for-35 with one home run, nine RBI and seven runs scored.
He has hit his way into the everyday lineup and has actually been hitting in the cleanup spot right behind the red-hot Paul Goldschmidt and in front of solid bat of Cody Ross.
The veteran has actually done a nice job over the past few years in resurrecting his career with the New York Yankees. From 2007 to 2010, Chavez managed to play in just 154 games for the Oakland Athletics. He went to the Yankees in 2011 and had a nice season off the bench, but he was contemplating retirement until the Yankees decided to bring him back in 2012 and he ended up with an expanded role with Alex Rodriguez going down. Chavez played in 113 games and hit .281 with a .348 OBP, 16 home runs and 37 RBI.
When the Yankees decided to go in a different direction, he didn’t think about calling it quits, went right to the D-Backs and is once again producing. Available in over 90-percent of ESPN leagues at the moment, Chavez can provide cheap production at third base. If you need help there, grab the veteran, ride him while he’s hot and hope he can keep it up all season.