The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to make moves this offseason to bolster the roster. Their latest one is a continuation of the success as they re-signed third baseman Eric Chavez to a one-year deal that is worth as much as $4.5 million with incentives.
The reason the Diamondbacks were determined to re-sign Chavez is because they believe he will be an asset off the bench in 2014, just as he was this past season. Not to mention, the organization also believes that he will be even more effective in his second year with the team now that he’s found a good comfort level.
“I think Chavez, if he was to come back a second year, would probably even have a more meaningful role because of the comfort level,” general manager Kevin Towers said earlier this offseason, according to the team’s website. “He’s been here a year. When you come in from outside the organization, you don’t want to ruffle any feathers or be too aggressive too early. But in talking to him this winter, I think if he were to come back, I could see him really being a leader on the club and also a weapon as well, coming off the bench on the days that he does play.”
The 36-year-old excelled with Arizona last season as he batted .281 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 228 at-bats. One would think those numbers would qualify him to get more playing time, but manager Kirk Gibson doesn’t want to wear the veteran out. That means Chavez is someone who will start but it will never be on back-to-back days.
Regardless, he’s someone the Diamondbacks can count on to back up at first and third base, which is a huge plus. He also has proven to be an offensive asset off the bench, which could be a big reason why Arizona is able to squeeze their way into playoff discussions next year.