Winter Meetings 2012: Eric Chavez Signs With Arizona Diamondbacks

By David A. Cattai
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Another third basemen is off the free agent market at the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings. The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed the 34-year old veteran Eric Chavez to a one-year deal that is worth $3 million. Chavez will get a chance to play some third base as well as some first base for the Diamondbacks this coming year.

Chavez was thought to have been the main option for the New York Yankees at the hot corner when the news that Alex Rodriguez was going to be out for a while. The Yankees lost out on another veteran presence who can still use the leather very well defensively.

The Diamondbacks are getting a player who, despite his age, is still able to produce offensively and defensively. Chavez hit .281 in 113 games with the Yankees last season. He hit a total of 16 home runs while driving in 37 runners. Chavez was used mostly as a utility player in 2012.

Kevin Towers was recently given the full title of general manager in 2012. He came into his first Winter Meetings looking to add a veteran corner infielder, some bench depth and players who could give the team quality at-bats late in games. This is why the signing of Chavez and Eric Hinske are big moves for a team that looks to contend in the NL West this season.

David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Flyers with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies for Buzz On Broad.

Follow me on Twitter @DCattaiSports for all Flyers, Phillies, NHL, and MLB sports updates.

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