It is mind-boggling that this took so long, especially after reading a mid-January post on MLB Trade Rumors that there were a number of teams interested in him.
This was not surprising because when Chavez is healthy he is as solid a player as anyone.
Unfortunately, staying healthy has plagued Chavez over his career, and after calling Oakland home for all his 13-years in the big leagues, the A’s had no choice but to release him following 2010 season.
Not knowing if his surgically repaired back would hold up, Chavez agreed to a minor league deal with New York for the 2011 season.
Tragically, Chavez’s injury woes wound up following him to the Bronx as on May 5th he hurt his foot and had to miss 29 games.
When he return in mid-July, Chavez’s role turned crucial as A-rod was hampered by a bum knee and needed surgery.
Chavez jumped right in at third base and demonstrated to New York fans why he won six Gold Gloves. He didn’t miss a defensive beat, and at times looked even better than A-rod.
Even though he struggled at the plate after his DL stint, without Chavez to fill in for A-rod things could have panned out a lot worse.
No joke, Chavez is a natural ball player, as I have admired his talents from the East Coast for years. The guy plays defense with the ease of a ballet dancer, as he just glides and makes it look so easy.
I can’t imagine how different a career Chavez could have had if he had been healthy, but I will go as far to say that he might have been one of the best players ever.
Just like you don’t have to be Einstein to guess what lady was elated when she read CBS’s Jon Heymans’s tweet confirming that Chavez signed a one-year, $900k + incentives deal to be back in the pinstripes once again.
Nothing wrong with a little eye-candy at the Stadium.
- Yankees re-sign Eric Chavez (riveraveblues.com)
- New York Yankees Sign Eric Chavez To Guaranteed Major League Contract (pinstripealley.com)
- Girardi already talking as if Chavez is back (mlb.mlb.com)
- Yankees, Chavez agree to $900,000 deal (nydailynews.com)
- Having My Cake And Eating It (janeheller.com)
- New York Yankees Hot Stove: Missing Eric Chavez (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Source: Yanks, Chavez reach deal (msn.foxsports.com)