Yankees acquire Eric Chavez

The Great What If?
Game 101: Do I hear 17?

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.


The Great What If?
Game 101: Do I hear 17?
  • Nuke LaDoosh

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

    • Keith Law

      Cashman do the Montero for Posada

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


  • KenC

    amazing! love it!

  • first time lawng time

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

    • Grit for Brains

      Gardner LF
      Jeter SS
      Granderson CF
      Teixeira 1B
      Cano 2B
      Swisher RF
      Posada DH
      Chavez 3B
      Cervelli C

      Sabathia LHP

      • first time lawng time

        Awesome. Thankyou.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Replace Montero with Posada and Martin with Cervelli and Rodriguez with Chavez and that playoff roster looks pretty good.

          • Bizarro Superman

            That am good plan.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        (commences bitching about Chavez hitting 8th while Jeter remains atop the lineup)

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona


    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


  • bonestock94

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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/3266/2928086446_74f3ddd8f0.jpg (obligatory’d)

    • Plank

      I was a teacher in Korea for many years and my students would ask me “What’s a wyvern?” I would answer honestly “I have absolutely no idea.”

      There used to be a team called the Unicorns, but they changed their name.

      • Peter R

        Its like a drake or mini-dragon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern

        The more you know….(catchy jingle)

        • John

          Now we know!

          and knowing is Half the Battle


  • Bronx Byte

    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.

    • Avi

      I’m kinda hoping the Yanks get Johnny Damon to DH the rest of the year.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Ehh, Johnny was great for the Yankees but I will take a Montero/Posada/Chavez DH over Damon.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Only if the cost is “dirt cheap”, which, coming from Tampa Bay, it won’t be.

      • Ted Nelson

        Damon’s wOBA against righties is the same as Jorge’s this season…

  • David, Jr.

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

  • Yank The Frank

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

    • David, Jr.

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

      • Yank The Frank

        Also DH, as long as he’s not throwing the ball.

    • YankeesJunkie

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

      • David, Jr.

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

        • YankeesJunkie

          True, but Nunez has 2 more errors than Cano in 30% of the innings. That is pretty tough.

      • MikeD

        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…

  • Avi

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Wait, he’s crazy? I thought he was just injury prone.

      • CS Yankee

        Must be out of bubble wrap at Mason’s.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/DiscGolfHero the tenth inning stretch

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


    • MJ

      That was my reaction, also. Hahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.

    • YankeesJunkie


  • Cris Pengiuci

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

    • David, Jr.

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

      • The Oberamtmann

        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

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

    • nsalem

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

      • CS Yankee

        Not true, he was believed to be healthy from December, 2010 until he went down in April, 2011.

  • Richie Powell

    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!

  • Dan

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

  • Brandon

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

    • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

      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.

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

        • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

          You mean for A-Rod right?

          • David, Jr.

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

            • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

              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

                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

                  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

        August 1!

      • MikeD

        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

        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.

          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

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

        • David, Jr.

          He has been heating up some lately, Ted.

  • Will (the other one)

    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.

    • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

      What?! Chavez has hit extremely well for them. This is a great mid-season addition.

  • http://none Favrest

    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.

    • CS Yankee

      Price, one Kia.

  • Kevin G.

    I hope Gordon went to the right Korea

    • vin

      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.

  • Bob Michaels

    How long befoe Chavez hits the DL again?

    • CS Yankee

      9 PM?

  • MikeD

    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

      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

        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.

  • Jason

    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

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

      • Jason

        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.

  • http://unclemikesmusings.blogspot.com Uncle Mike

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