Motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said, “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”
Knowing about Alex Rodriguez’s hip injury prior to the off-season, I thought the Yankees would have prioritized bringing back Chavez.
Chavez posted a .281 batting average, with 16 homers and 37 RBIs in 278 at-bats in 2012. His defense at third base spoke for itself, as Chavez’s natural baseball ability was evident when watching him. The guy was just smooth.
At the start of the off-season, the Yankees waved goodbye to Chavez and never turned back.
Chavez accepted a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Yankees fans didn’t understand why or how that happened.
Source: Yankees sign Overbay to minor league deal. should be in camp soon
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) March 26, 2013
So next Monday afternoon when baseball celebrates Opening Day, Yankees fans will see Overbay only to shake their heads knowing this could have been Chavez instead.
Overbay is the fourth player to be added since Teixeira and Curtis Granderson went down. He joins his old Blue Jays teammate Vernon Wells, along with Ben Francisco, and Brennan Boesch as the guys expected to fix what the Yankees ghastly off-season has now exposed.