The Seattle Mariners announced over the weekend that they had reached an agreement with veteran outfielder Endy Chavez, an interesting move to say the least. Chavez had been released by the Kansas City Royals earlier in the week. The 35-year-old Chavez was hitting near the Mendoza line when the Royals decided to release him.
Manager Eric Wedge tried to defend the signing as an insurance move saying, “You always have to have depth,” Wedge told the Seattle Times. “You always have to have insurance, be prepared in case something happens. We’re trying to take an optimistic viewpoint with it, with Guti. For him to be healthy. But we also want to make sure we are prepared.”
I can’t imagine that they would bring in another outfielder this late in the spring just for insurance. The Mariners have plenty of depth in the outfield at the MLB level, with guys like Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Morse, Jason Bay, Casper Wells and Raul Ibanez, not to mention Carlos Peguero and Eric Thames in Triple-A.
I have mentioned before that I think Wells could be the odd man out on this roster, and that is probably the case. Wells is out of minor league options and it has been rumored that the Detroit Tigers, his former team, are interested in the 28-year-old outfielder if he is let go.
Even if the Mariners decide to part ways with Wells, the signing of Chavez still does not make any sense. Chavez played 54 games with the Mariners in 2009, hitting for a .273 average with only two home runs. Last year with the Baltimore Orioles, Chavez hit only .203 in 64 games.
At this point in his career Chavez is beyond washed up, and this signing does not make any sense. I would take Casper Wells over Endy Chavez any day, and with so many options in the outfield, I don’t see Chavez playing very often.