Dec
05

Heyman: Diamondbacks to sign Eric Chavez

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Via Jon Heyman & Jack Magruder: The Diamondbacks have agreed to sign Eric Chavez. It’s a one-year deal worth $3M, and Ken Davidoff says the Yankees never held substantive contract talks with their former backup corner infielder. The third base options continue to come off the board.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • TomH

    Unless Cashman has some wonderful 3b option up his sleeve and ready to pull out, the failure to sign Chavez this week is less a blunder than living as the other half lives.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cashman sitting on his hands with all these major holes to fill and players coming of the FA board is a bit unnerving.

  • mustang

    Chavez’s deal with the D-Backs is for one year and $3MM, tweets Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com.
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#x3WFr4LMjBMFDFqc.99

    • mustang

      I still think Cashman has something coming, but I admit I’m starting to get a little nervous.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’s the danger of going minute by minute with all this. It’s just not good for our health. We’re not starting the season with David Adams, or whatnot, playing 3B every day. Just step slowly away from the MLBTR.

        • mustang

          LOL…
          OK

        • Steve

          Just like two years ago when we weren’t going into the season with Freddy Garcia in the rotation. And then when we did, we certainly were going to upgrade at the deadline

          • Robinson Tilapia

            1) Question Garcia’s 2011, not his 2010.
            2) The Yankees have actually been in existence since before 2010. You may want to expand your frame of reference.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Wow. Really paying him assuming he can more or less repeat both in terms of performance and health.

    Have to believe we have something cooking to have let him go though. Would it really have killed us to overpay him this year?

    • TrollHunter

      Nixie for the WIN!

    • Gonzo

      I think it was mentioned on another post. It’s very possible that the FO saw a Thames like drop off year in line for Chavez.

  • AC

    Whats Cashman doing. He wouldn’t do a 1 year deal for 3 mill? All other options all want multi year deals. Geeeez

    • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

      expensive bench piece.

      • Klemy

        But a bench piece with significant playing time and performance ceilings above that cost.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    BTw between this and Keppinger I feel all the more strongly that a major tra and/or signing is in the works.

    • mustang

      agree.

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

      Unless I’m missing something, it has to be Youkalis or a trade, right?

      • mustang

        agree

    • Robinson Tilapia

      SOMETHING will happen. When is the question.

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

    I’m actually not that upset about this development as I’m pretty skeptical that Chavez could actually remain healthy and produce another season anything close to his 2012.

    That being said, who the heck is left to play 3rd base unless they move on Youkalis? I’d hate to trade a prospect for some stop gap type player. Was 3/$12 really that much out of line for Keppinger?

    • Tonino

      I don’t think I would mind if they moved a few prospects in search of a more-permanent option there and just let Arod DH for at least the rest of this season, maybe going forward

    • Ted Nelson

      I would imagine that for similar money Keppinger wants to start.

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

        With the Arod injury situation, I would think the Yankees are going to need someone to play about 120 games at 3B this year, conservatively speaking.

  • smurfy

    Congratulations to Eric. He represented the west coast very well in Yankeeland. Good guy, sweet swings.

    He was a little stiff by the playoffs, so I hope he can get a flexible schedule, maybe lots of pinch hits, and late inning workouts.

    • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

      also, old guys stay limber in the heat. here’s to not being all rickety in April.

  • Mike HC

    This somehow feels like a bigger blow than it logically should be.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Because it’s a luxury to have a guy with skills like that who is only hampered by his health. When he’s healthy, he’s great. I am going to miss him greatly.

  • Tion Lon ton

    Wow Cash boy never had his sights on Chavez — obviously Boone is coming outta retirement

  • Tino!_24

    Jeter to third base? His range has diminished. Put Nunez at short until they can find a long term SS who can field… Nix utility. Just a thought.

    • Peter R

      Nah didn’t you hear Jeter to right field! lol

    • UncleArgyle

      How dare you! Nothing is more important that Derek Jeter’s happiness. If the Yankees need to sacrifice wins so Jeter can stay at his preferred position, so be it. That’s why he was made the Captain.

      • Tino!_24

        lol – That was the skinny Jeter.. the fat post op Jeter wants to sit on 3B lol

  • paul a

    Got to wonder if Brians got Hamilton up his sleeves

    • vin

      If he didn’t have the 189 mandate, then probably. I just don’t see it happening at all.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’s funny how we forget the possibility that, even if there was no spending limit, the Yankees might have passed on him. Being the biggest name on the board doesn’t mean you’re an automatic Yankee, as much as our GS3 charicature wants to make us think it des.

        • Gonzo

          This is very true. If Grienke wasn’t considered Yankee material partly because of his past, what would make Hamilton a slam dunk Yankee considering his past?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Past doesn’t scare me. Injury does.

            • Gonzo

              Might not scare you or me, but it is something the Yankees have considered in the past. Heh, the Yankees have considered the past in the past.

              • Ted Nelson

                Their comments were really on Greinke’s make-up, not past.

                • Gonzo

                  So make-up doesn’t apply to Hamilton?

                • Havok9120

                  Yes, because the “make up” of a drug/liquor addict (who’s had relapses) would not be in question.

                  By which I mean: you get what he meant.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Relapse is part of recovery. It’s part of any addict’s life cycle.

                    No, I don’t hold that against him if he’s doing what he needs to do. I know plenty of solid, solid people with substance histories.

                    • Gonzo

                      I think the same could be said for people with mental health issues. Would you disagree?

    • Andy

      I think so… I have a hard time believing Cash is just sitting on his hands.

  • jesse

    Wouldn’t be surprised if something big is in the works. That or Youkilis.

    • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

      Something big = Youk’s giant coconut head… Jus Sayin

  • LK

    2013 is starting to look like it has real disaster potential.

    • http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/home/home.shtml The Big City of Dreams

      What do you think 14 will look like?

      • LK

        Depends on how they react regarding the payroll plan if this season does go south.

      • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

        Probably alot like 12 did, but more snow.

  • Dropped Third

    i have faith in cash

    • Adam

      I second this. I’ve learned enough to be patient with this team and especially with this GM. Story hasn’t been told yet.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Reminds me so much of election time and trying to read every poll. Sometimes you need to step away. There’s a lot of story to be told here.

        Were the Yankees supposed to give Jeff Keppinger three years just because there was no one else?

        • Adam

          Exactly. Just because the market is inflated right now, doesn’t mean it would be wise for the Yanks to get pulled in at this point.

  • Adam

    Not so upset given Chavey’s health, but definitely enjoyed him in NY…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Stings ten times more to me than losing out on someone like Keppinger. Like I said above, though, if you’re hitting “refresh” on the MLBTR every ten seconds, it’s probably a good time to step away until about mid-January.

  • Ryan

    Why not try to trade for a 3B prospect who is blocked like Mike Olt or Anthony Rendon?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Those specific two may not happen, but I like your thinking. Your 2013 third baseman may not be anyone on the team OR anyone available in the winter meetings. The organization knows a lot more which cards will actually be on the table between now and Opening Day than we do.

      Chavez still stings, personally, though. I wanted him somewhere on this team, no matter.

    • Tonino

      Guys like that play for teams that are demanding packages that the Yanks do not have to give.

    • Gonzo

      I thought about this, but how would a deal like this be structured. The Yanks want to compete in 2013, so they probably wouldn’t want to weaken their 2013 roster too much. A challenge trade might be nice, but I don’t think there is a one to one comparison for either Olt or Rendon. Olt being the more MLB ready guy.

  • Gerald Williams

    Relax everyone…It’s going to be OK. Remember when Bubba Crosby was going to be our starting CF? Just pray they don’t go for Youk!

    • Yankeegirl49

      And Swisher was going to be our starting first baseman. It’s December…

    • http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/home/home.shtml The Big City of Dreams

      True sooner or later he can’t always pull off a stealth move.

      • http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/home/home.shtml The Big City of Dreams

        True but he can’t*

  • Gerald Williams

    Corey Hart on the block? Thoughts?

    • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

      I’m a Hart fan, so my opinion is irrational. But the Brewers match up nicely, and they are looking for pitching. We have young pitching we could give up (level appropriate). I would not be opposed to a Hughes/Hart swap. Not giving up a ton (relatively) and gets you closer to the goal line… And I am a huge Hughes fan.

      #MTPS

  • Francesa

    Davidoff tweeted Yankees never held substantive talks about contract terms with Chavez. Sounds like Cashman had something else brewing.

    • http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/home/home.shtml The Big City of Dreams

      Probably Youk

  • AC

    Keppinger isn’t that good. Was a career year for him in all offensive categories basically last year. He was in the minors for all of 2011, I believe. His value comes from his ability to play all around the infield as a utility type. I think he’s a way better NL player than AL player, personally, due to his versatility.

    I think we need to sign Mark Reynolds. True, we already have plenty of pop without BA, but he’s the best option available and will be easily available over 1 or 2 years.

    Losing Chavez isn’t that big a deal. His health last year was the exception to the general rule.

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

      No way could Reynolds play 100+ games at 3B though. Too bad defensively

  • Francesa

    Brian Cashman’s favorite baseball movie of all time was Platoon.

    • Gonzo

      Damn I already used that Naked Gun YouTube clip of Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley laughing their asses off coming out of movie theater showing Platoon.

    • Ted Nelson

      Odd comment when he just let what many considered a platoon option walk.

      Most of the smartest GMs in baseball are fans of platoons, by the way. Rays, As, and Red Sox all use them.

      • Klemy

        Can’t he make a joke without sarcastic reaction?

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          No.

  • Simon

    Maybe the Yanks are trying to enter that 3-5 team trade between the DBacks, Rangers, Rays, Indians? It was reported that talks hit a snag, this coming after Chavez signed with DBacks? Just speculating. Maybe Yanks are attempting to get Corey Hart?

    /gettin’ nervous

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    If the Yanks lose out on Youk where the hell do they go?

    • Gonzo

      To the liquor store to buy some champagne?

    • Mike HC

      I was hoping for Youk too. Maybe Brandon Inge, Mark Derosa or Rolen? Or maybe just internal guys.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Mark DeRosa still plays? I don’t think I’ve heard his name since 2010.

        • Gonzo

          He was on the Nats last year. He was supposedly a great clubhouse guy for them. I think he wants to get into coaching though.

  • paul a

    Indians reportely are closing in on Youkalis, starting to look more and more that,like it or not, Nunez at third.

    • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

      At least Nunez can stay at third all year… No way Youk is healthy enough to play the position all year… NONE

  • http://aol amanda

    this is not funny yanks could finish last

    • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

      Last in what? the “overspending like assholes because everyone else is doing it” race?

      • LitFig

        That’s the only race that matters, Manny.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This “Amanda” is an interesting one. I think she’s about as real as “Mike” was on last night’s episode of “Catfish: The Series.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    I actually wouldn’t mind Nunez at 3B. He comes into camp knowing that’s his only position is the hot corner and I think he can lock it down there, both with the glove and the stick.

  • Yank the Frank

    Thank God it’s only December.

  • Ted Nelson

    Isn’t ARod out 3-6 months? Why is everyone assuming 6+?

    • Rick in Philly

      Even if he comes back in June, it’s doubtful that he’s going to be able to play full-time at 3B. Additionally, I find it hard to believe that the Yankees will let him play the field at all in Tampa or Toronto. So the Yankees will need a regular 3B alternative.

    • Rick in Philly

      But, I agree. It’s not like he’s missing the whole year, and I’m sure he’ll play some in the field this summer. Considering it is A-Rod, and with his work ethic, he might be pushing himself hard to get back.

    • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

      I think 6 months is best case scenario, and then he has to play some MiLB games.

    • Klemy

      I am wondering this too, he could be ready to work out in April, according to the original quote of 4-6 months. Every single media outlet is seemingly saying June, but no one has ever said ti would definitely be then. I know people will say older, heals slower, all that jazz, but not necessarily the case. Lot of assumptions being made.

  • SamVa

    There are so many cliff jumpers on here… good lord. It’s December. Not even Christmas December.. it’s the beginning of December.

    MLB Trade Rumors is a great tool and so is Twitter, but don’t treat it as biblical. The season isn’t over. Tomorrow isn’t opening day.

    You think the NYY are going to go into the season with question marks at three positions?

    Go take some anti-anxiety medicine, drink some wine, and watch college basketball.. or the demise of the Jets.. but stop with the “ZOMG THE WORLD IS OVER.”

    Check your calendar, Cashmoney may have a present waiting under the tree or he may make us wait until the new year, either way, have faith.

    • FIPster Doofus

      We’ve got no catcher, no third baseman, no rightfielder … OUR PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF

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

        LMAO.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I needed that. Thank you.

      • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

        LOL, well played.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Well, I’ll be damned. An honest, sane person.

  • Klemy

    I will miss Chavez, regardless of if he would’ve been able to perform as well as last year. He was a good guy who filled a roll well.

    • RetroRob

      I think it’s unlikely he’ll repeat what he did last year. The season sticks out compared to what he did the prior five years. I was actually fine if 2012 was his last on the team, although that was before A-Rod went down.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      He filled a roll so well I’m kind of surprised he didn’t go to Subway instead of the D-backs…

  • RetroRob

    This is all good news for those of you who hate the power-hitting Yankees and believe the team needs more line-drive slap hitters. Nunez at third? Ichiro in right?

    How many HRs are they down now, including A-Rod’ 18 from last year? With Ibanez unsigned, they’re missing about 100 HRs. Lots of lost OBP, too. Can’t wait for Ichiro’s and Nunez’s three-pitch ABs. No more grinding down the starter to get to the bullpen.

    Fortunatly it’s only December. They’ll be fine, but this is shaping up more as a 88-90 win team right now.

  • Wiljaq YankFan

    Sign Josh Hamilton, put him in RF, and much of the Yankees offensive problems are solved. Add Ichiro for left, add AJ Pierzynski to catch (his nasty tude could help the “goody 2 shoes” Yankees), a warm body with a good glove at 3B, and all other problems solved. Oh yeah, clear some payroll by trading Granderson (I love him, but he doesn’t fit, while having Big-Time Value) for prospects and put Brett Gardner in CF, where he belongs.

    Give me Cashman’s job!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wiljaq YankFan

    Sign Josh Hamilton, put him in RF, and much of the Yankees offensive problems are solved.

    Give me Cashman’s job!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dalelama

    They do seem to be going backwards.