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Yankees: Not signing Chavez proves costly mistake

Eric Chavez

Eric Chavez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said, “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” 

The New York Yankees have officially taken on the latter with only themselves to blame the day they decided not to re-sign third baseman Eric Chavez.

Chavez, a six-time Gold Glover at third base would have allowed Kevin Youkilis to play first base for the injured Mark Teixeira as he would take over at third.

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.

I am aware that GM Brian Cashman could only go as far as Hal Steinbrenner’s wallet would allow but hopefully this is a lesson learned.

Earlier this afternoon, MLBTradeRumors.com reported that the Yankees signed the Boston Red Sox’s most recent castaway, Lyle Overbay.

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.

Many fans and media say Overbay is the better option then Juan Rivera at first base, but they cannot mean offensively. Just look at their 2012 batting stats, courtesy of baseball-reference.com.

Player
Season
G
GS
PA
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
TB
RISP
Juan Rivera20121097533931230761409471318350.2440.2860.3751170.267
Lyle Overbay2012652313111612301002100013340.2590.3310.397460.200
Juan Rivera & Lyle Overbay - 2012 Batting Stats
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4 Comments

  1. Richard says:

    I realize Chavy is your BFF but let it go already!!!! He ain't coming back.