Eric Chavez is still trying to decide whether to retire this offseason. He was limited to 58 games this season, mostly because of a foot issue, but proved a helpful part-time player off the Yankees bench. He hit .263/.320/.356 for the season and his agent said he, “would deeply consider a return to New York if there is a fit.”
Of course, there could be a natural fit for Chavez in the exact same role he filled this season. Alex Rodriguez seemed worn down at the end of the year, and an experienced corner infielder — hitting left-handed seems to be a plus — could give the Yankees a natural alternative to limit Rodriguez’s workload next season.
Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird are in-house options to spell Rodriguez at third, but Nunez struggled defensively this season and Laird has four big league hits and batted .260/.288/.422 in Triple-A this season.
Chavez’s overall numbers weren’t especially impressive, but he can still play the field and before the injury he was plenty productive at the plate.