Giants tried to acquire Eric Chavez before trade deadline

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Via Buster Olney, the Giants tried to acquire Eric Chavez from the Yankees prior to the trade deadline by offering outfielder Nate Schierholtz. I’m curious about the timing of the offer; I assume it came before San Francisco acquired Marco Scutaro. That trade happened four days after Alex Rodriguez got hurt and five days after the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki.

Chavez, 34, is having a fantastic season off the bench (113 wRC+) and is indispensable following A-Rod‘s injury. I like Schierholtz more than most, he would have been a nice and cheap left-handed platoon outfielder for the next two years as the Yankees try to get themselves under the $189M luxury tax threshold in 2014. He ended up going to the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade. I do think the offer was more than fair (if anything it favors the Yankees) but this isn’t a vacuum, the timing and roster pieces didn’t really fit. For shame.

CC dominates Mariners in complete game win
Game 106: Felix
  • Dropped Third

    3 weeks ago this would have been a slam dunk but Il take Chaves and Ichiro > Nate, Mitchell, and probably Scutaro at third every time.

    • Yankees fan

      Forgot mcgehee

  • DM

    Chavez is the perfect complement to A-Rod. I hope they can convince him to come back next year; but I doubt he’ll accept a 900k base next time.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

      Chavez staying healthy this long is pretty much a minor miracle. He’s a great bench guy but I can’t see a team spending a few million on him unless the expect him to play a bigger role and I don’t think he’s capable of holding up.

      • DM

        I guess it depends on the rest of the roster. If he’s improved at 1st and got some DH ABs as well, I could see him signing a Andruw Jones style contract offer from the Yankees –i.e., a higher base ($1.5-$2m) plus PA incentives.

  • Yardisiak

    Eh, not much to like about Nate. Not much power, poor on-base skills and doesn’t even have good splits.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Career-wise, you’re right, but Schierholtz is hitting .296/.377/.504 against righties this year. Either it’s a small sample fluke (135 ABs) or he’s developing into a rather useful hitter.

  • vin

    Even if the roster pieces made sense, I doubt Cashman would’ve dealt Chavez. Remember, Chavez made it pretty clear this past offseason that he would either play for the Yanks or retire. It would be a pretty dick move if they traded him. Part of the reason the Yankees are able to get these useful veteran players is because the guys know they’ll be treated with the respect they feel they’ve earned over their careers. These guys want to win, but they also don’t want to have to move their families around, or get bad-mouthed on their way out of town (coughBostoncough).

  • DERP

    Much better day for Ty Hensley. 2IP, 1H, 1R, 2BB, 5K.

  • mt

    I am a little bit concerned with Chavez and his feet (the reason he was removed last night) – I know Yanks say it was nothing and he is fine but we all know he is injury prone – we face six more righties in a row and I hope Joe plays McGehee or Nix in at least two of those games, even if platoon advantage favors Chavez – I don’t want to lose Chavez.

  • MannyGeee

    Interesting… It wasn’t long ago that the Yankees were on the other side of this equation: looking desperately at the deadline for veterans to covet as opposed to having veterans that others covet (covet enough for a trade, that is… I am sure 5 teams would want Alex if he didn’t have roughly $2billion owed to him over the next century).

    Also, imagine Cashman makes this move 2 days before Ichiro and A rod… Talk about getting lamb basted!

    All told, gimme Chavez off the bench and Ichiro over Shierholtz for low money…

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    For many reasons I’m glad this didn’t happen, least notably because I think it would have been pretty uncool to trade a guy who, as I remember it, said in the offseason that it was the Yankees or retiring.