Yankees acquire Eric Chavez


The Yankees made their first trade deadline deal today. Joel Sherman reports that they have acquired Eric Chavez from the disabled list in exchange for Brandon Laird going back to Triple-A. Chavez is in the lineup and playing third base tonight. The Yankees had an open 40-man roster spot thanks to Brian Gordon fleeing for Korea, so no other move was required. Welcome back, Chavy.


Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Geez, it’s like they got him for nothing…

  2. KenC says:

    amazing! love it!

  3. first time lawng time says:

    I am very pleased to hear this. Is it possible he starts today?

  4. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:


  5. bonestock94 says:

    LOL not cool mike, I got excited when I saw “Yankees acquire..”

  6. The Yankees had an open 40-man roster spot thanks to Brian Gordon fleeing for Korea, so no other move was required.

    Gordon plays for a team called the “SK Wyverns”.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com.....ddd8f0.jpg (obligatory’d)

  7. Bronx Byte says:

    Not good news for Jorge.
    If Chavez stays healthy and Montero is called up, there will be less at bats for Jorge. Even less when A-Rod returns.

  8. David, Jr. says:

    Well put. A nice acquisition. Upset that Nuney won’t start, but that is life. I will get over it.

  9. Yank The Frank says:

    Just when Nunie was getting his throwing range at thrid… oh well.

    • David, Jr. says:

      No problem at all. He will pinch run and steal both second and third.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Eric Chavez has actually been pretty good at third defensively along with an accurate throwing arm.

      • David, Jr. says:

        He means Nuney. Unfair reference to his throwing, which is improving.

      • MikeD says:

        For his career, Chavez is one of the best defensive third basemen in the game. I’m guessing he’s not as good as he was in his 20s and pre the back injury, but he’s still quite good, and much better than Nunez.

        Now as long as he doesn’t shatter into a thousand pieces of glass diving for a ball…

  10. Avi says:

    I feel like the Yankees should put Chavez in a straight jacket till October.

  11. My first reaction was, “There’s another guy named Eric Chavez?”


  12. Joel Sherman reports that they have acquired Eric Chavez from the disabled list in exchange for Brandon Laird going back to Triple-A.

    Theoretical Mike Ashmore: Dave, your thoughts on the trade?
    Theoretical Dave Miley: Well, losing a guy like Chavy is tough, he’s a proven performer, he’s been in the heat of a pennant race before, you want that kind of experience around and he’s obviously swinging a hot bat. You have to give something to get something, though, and we’re excited about this kid Brandon Laird. Real happy to have him back; he’s got a lot of room to grow and we see him as part of our future. He plays hard and has some pop; that’s the kind of guy you build your team around… until those parent club jerks take him away from you again. Assholes.

  13. Cris Pengiuci says:

    Welcome back, Eric. Hope you stick around right through the end of the playoffs!

    • David, Jr. says:

      That would be miraculous. Need to keep him in bubble wrap in a glass house.

      • The Oberamtmann says:

        So the greenhouse effect from being in a glass house causes the air in the bubble wrap to expand until it explodes the bubbles, sending him into a seizure?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

        A glass house is a turrible idea. He could strain his lats cleaning the walls or floors

    • nsalem says:

      Hope for the best expect the worst. Last time Eric was healthy for 3 months was 2007.

  14. Richie Powell says:

    Speaking of the Yankees acquiring Chavy, there’s this up an coming pitcher on the Marlins named Javy Vazquez. Well, he has a dazzling 5.35 ERA, only 17 more hits than innings pitched, and he’s only given up 15 HR so far! And I’m sure he could handle the spotlight of NYC!

  15. Dan says:

    well, Chavo, welcome back! Here is King Felix…. Go get ‘em big guy!!

  16. Brandon says:

    Someone with a history of grasping this whole baseball thing! Finally! Now replace Jorge with Montero and we’ll be set once Alex returns.

    • Mike D. says:

      They’re just not going to bring Montero up to the majors. They really don’t want his trade value to go down, if he doesn’t suceed in the MLB. That’s why they’re keeping in AAA. Believe me, it’s worth it.

      • David, Jr. says:

        Early August isn’t very long to have to wait.

        • Mike D. says:

          You mean for A-Rod right?

          • David, Jr. says:

            Both of them. I see Montero up after this deadline.

            • Mike D. says:

              Well I think it depends on if Cashman can get a great pitcher this deadline. If he doesn’t, he may still want to use Montero as a trade chip in the winter.

              • Ted Nelson says:

                Why does being in AAA help his trade value? He’s struggled there this season. Struggling in MLB is a lot more understandable than struggling in AAA. The kid is 21. Mike Trout has a .251 wOBA through 42 MLB PAs, and I really doubt it’s hurt his trade value.

                • CS Yankee says:

                  Maybe so the team that aquires him can set his clock (on the 40 man) and promote his “coming out” party to the show; ala Strasberg style (MLB virginity).

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        August 1!

      • MikeD says:

        That would imply they are hellbent on trading him with no intentions of ever bringing him up. Unless he’s traded this week, I expect to see Montero up this season, perhaps even as soon as next week.

      • CP says:

        What Montero does or doesn’t in the majors between now and the end of the season will have no impact on his trade value.

        In fact, keeping him in AAA all season will likely impact his value more than calling him up and having him not hit at all.

        • David, Jr. says:

          I agree with this. I just don’t think that they wanted to bring up say a week before this deadline, have the fans watch him hit three homers and fall in love, and then trade him. I’m thinking that there is plenty going on, and that he will only be traded for a top starter, otherwise up he comes shortly after the deadline.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        So instead they are keeping his trade value down by making him have a bad season in AAA?

  17. Will (the other one) says:

    Oh, great…another bang-up move from “Lame Duck” Cashman. An injury-prone, past-his-prime utility man to ride the pine, and at what cost? Young, cost-controlled talent going the other way.

    Some bargain.

  18. Favrest says:

    It’s the kind of trade Cashman loves to make. One where he trades a prospect but doesn’t actually lose the player. I’d still love to see Mitre sold to North Korea.

  19. Kevin G. says:

    I hope Gordon went to the right Korea

    • vin says:

      Gordon turned his career around and got to the big leagues by doing the opposite of what he normally would’ve done. Instead of tuna on toast, its chicken salad on rye… untoasted, with a cup of tea.

      Brian Gordon is in North Korea and is loving every minute of it.

  20. Bob Michaels says:

    How long befoe Chavez hits the DL again?

  21. MikeD says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a player being sold to Korea. I’m guessing Gordon had the right to say no and try to continue his career in the States, or am I wrong? I know a MLB player can’t be sent to another country, but is it possible a minor league player can be sent without his permission?

    • CP says:

      He requested to be released so he could sign with a Korean team. He made the decision to go and the Yankees accommodated him.

      • MikeD says:

        Okay, thanks.

        I missed this story somehow when it first happened, and only just found out about it from this MikeA Chavez story. I did a quick Google search, but couldn’t find many details beyond “he was sold” to Korea.

  22. Jason says:

    Quiz for everyone:

    Years 1999-2005 Both Play 3B

    Player A: .275/.350/.450 w/ 190HRs 638RBIs 587RUNs Ages: 21-27

    Player B: .274/.330/.460 w/ 159HRs 575RBIs 507RUNs Age: 20-26

    Can you guess who these players are?

    • CS Yankee says:

      Chavy (player A) & Beltre?…or Inge?

      • Jason says:

        Very good, Chavez is Player A and Beltre is Player B… Funny part is to look at 2006-2011 but one could argue if they were both Free Agents after 2005 Chavez could of landed a richer contract.

  23. Uncle Mike says:

    As they would say in English soccer, “He’s like a new signing.”

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