The New York Yankees’ deal with backup third baseman Eric Chavez should not come as a surprise (although the fact that it is a guaranteed Major League deal did draw a groan from me). Eric Chavez has been in the mix for a New York Yankees bench spot for much of the offseason and the trade that sent A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates made Chavez’s return even more likely. I have absolutely zero excitement about this acquisition and I have already shifted it into the pile of New York Yankees moves that I am feeling very “meh” about.
In fairness to Chavez and the Yankees, I’m not sure there is/was anyone out there THAT much better. Even though Chavez’s bat is stuck in 2007, he can still pick it like a crusty booger at the hot corner. How much good does that do you when he’s going to be on the disabled list by May 23rd? I’d rather see the Yankees give Bill Hall and Russell Branyan a better shot to make the club out of Spring Training. Neither one is going to flash the same quality of leather of Chavez, but at the same time neither one is going to hit worse nor spend the same amount of time on the disabled list. The latter is barring a freak injury like a pitch to the face or something. Chavez literally breaks bones running the bases. He almost makes Nick Johnson look like semi-durable.
I said it last week, but I’ll say it again: this just isn’t my offseason as a New York Yankees fan. I mean, I can’t knock the Michael Pineda acquisition, but if I had my way Jesus Montero would still be in the Bronx. At the very least, they would have properly addressed the hole in the offense that they created. Who knows, maybe next offseason will bring better results. Until then, enjoy Eric Chavez’s 87 at-bats on the season. On the bright side, at least the New York Yankees will only have to pay him $900,000.
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