Somewhere between the Pineda-Montero trade, Kuroda signing and the never-ending fifth starter debate, Chavez’s status got pushed aside.
Chavez had been an Oakland Athletic lifer until he signed with the Yankees last season to serve as A-rod’s backup at third base. A role he filled effortlessly when A-rod was sidelined.
Chavez’s natural talent has never been in question, but his lengthy and torrid injury history is what limited him to just a backup role. This bad luck continues to haunt him still, as Chavez spent most of May on the DL in 2011.
In his 160 at-bats, Chavez batted .263 for the Yanks last season, with 42 hits, seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 26 RBIs. Out of the 58 games Chavez appeared in, the Yankees as a team won 34.
Another interesting stat to note is that Chavez posted a .415 RISP (Runners In Scoring Position) in 42 at-bats. RISP measures a player’s batting average with runners on second or third base. The higher the number, the more ‘clutch’ a hitter is considered because fewer runners are left on base.
On January 30th, FOX SPORTS Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Yankees were in ‘serious’ discussions with righty-batter Bill Hall to fill the utility roll, which would leave no room for Chavez.
Hall can’t even bring close to what Chavez can injured. Hall is far from clutch; unlike Chavez, who is terrific when healthy.
In my opinion signing Hall is a waste of time and money. He can fill in both the outfield and infield, but he only posted a .211 batting average last season and that doesn’t impress me much.
If Chavez is a no-go, here is another pickle that GM Brian Cashman can solve by promoting one of his many prospects instead.
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