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Chavez takes center stage

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 05, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With the Nakajima negotiations finished, Eric Chavez is suddenly at the forefront of the Yankees rumor mill, and of course, that makes him suddenly one of the more prominent free agents available.

Didn’t take long for Chavez’s market to emerge, with Jon Heyman tweeting this afternoon that the Padres, Nationals and Rays are also interested. Of course, not one of those teams has an everyday opening at third base — Chase Headley, Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria are regulars, if not everyday players — but all three teams could use Chavez as a reserve corner infielder, which is exactly the role the Yankees can offer.

To be honest, Chavez seemed perfectly content last season to view himself as a backup. He seemed to agree that he couldn’t hold up to an everyday role, so playing time might not be much of an issue in signing him. And it’s hard to imagine any team being willing to give over-the-top money to a guy who hasn’t played more than 58 games in a season since 2007.

So, this is about an offer from the Yankees and a decision from Chavez. Hard to imagine anyone offering a significantly different combination of money and playing time.

 
 

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64 Responses to “Chavez takes center stage”

  1. Bret The Hitman January 5th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Trade for Headley would be nice.

  2. jacksquat January 5th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Yanks will get him.

  3. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Yanks have 5 of the top 100 prospects according to BA. Montero, Banuelos, Betances, Sanchez and Mason Williams.

    http://mlb.scout.com/a.z?s=243…..&pg=1

  4. Eroc January 5th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    “Trade for Headley would be nice.”

    Not sure that fits the “patience” plan. Cashman might be forced to give up Chris Dickerson or Ramiro Pena… too expensive for Cashman.

  5. Nick in SF January 5th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    “queue Nick with a snarky comment that despite making fun of me will still be funny <3"

    Because you mistook queue for cue, I can’t participate in making fun of you.

    Oh wait!

  6. Bret The Hitman January 5th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I read an article early this offseason saying the Pads asking price on Headley is too high. They’d want an impact prospect in order to move him.

  7. jacksquat January 5th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Banuelos #9 overall, wow.

  8. Irreverent Discourse January 5th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    mick – If you had the choice between pitcher A and Pitcher B… which is it?

    Pitcher A – 20-0, 6.00 ERA… pitched 6 innings 4 ER every start.

    Pitcher B – 0-20 1.00 ERA… Pitched 9 innings every start, lost every game 1-0.

  9. Patrick January 5th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Because you mistook queue for cue, I can’t participate in making fun of you.

    Oh wait!

    damn

    Well I could be saying that you are getting in line to make fun of me.. it’s not like you are the only one that does it on this blog. Granted, you are the most creative and nice about it

  10. blake January 5th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    That’s the most aggressive ranking i’ve seen for Manny B…..ahead of Turner, Cole, Hultzen etc…..only pitchers ranked higher are Moore, Teheran, and Miller

  11. Wave Your Hat January 5th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    “That’s the most aggressive ranking i’ve seen for Manny B…..ahead of Turner, Cole, Hultzen etc…..only pitchers ranked higher are Moore, Teheran, and Miller”

    Clearly whoever did that ranking is a very perceptive scout.

  12. Patrick January 5th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Look at #21… sigh :(

    I was in favor of the Vazquez trade at the time but that really didn’t turn out too well huh?

    Who was the guy on here that was extreme prospect hugger? Rich I think? He was right..

  13. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Even after a bad year, Sanchez at #50 and Williams at #96

  14. blake January 5th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Clearly whoever did that ranking is a very perceptive scout.”

    Clearly

  15. Jerkface January 5th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Yankees 4 in the top 50. Though one is Montero so he will graduate. Romine slides out of the top 100.

    As I predicted, Jose Iglesias drops out of the top 100 as well. Red Sox got 4 in the top 100, but they are all in the bottom 50.

  16. Jerkface January 5th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Woops missed one in the top 50. Booo. Oh well I’ll take it still. Both teams have 5 in the top 100, but the Yankees have 4 in the top 50. Reverse it for the Sox.

  17. Jerkface January 5th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Interesting that Swihart takes a top 60 spot with a 000 slash line in 6 PAs in the GCL.

  18. Patrick January 5th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Casey Kelly dropped like a rock.. ouch!

  19. Jerkface January 5th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    This is Scout.com’s list not BA btw

  20. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Not sure why Kalish is on that list with 163 ML at bats.

  21. BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Yanks should consider giving Hong-Chi Kuo a contract and invite to spring training – and let him opt out if he isn’t on the team by April 15th… something like that.

  22. BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    “Casey Kelly dropped like a rock.. ouch!”

    —–

    if Casey Kelly = rock, major league hitting = paper

  23. Joe from Long Island January 5th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    BD – that’s a creative idea.

  24. Nick in SF January 5th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Jed Hoyer = scissors?

  25. Erin January 5th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Gossip Break: Yankee offspring edition

    AmberSabathia I know when they are your own kids they are so cute…but this is adorable, had to share #proudmom http://pic.twitter.com/cyDjfQIJ

  26. blake January 5th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Those are good pics…..that little one looks like his dad…wonder if he’s a Lefty!

  27. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Ledty, righty..makes no difference. He’s a relief pitcher

  28. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    ***lefty***

  29. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Yanks lose infielders Luis Nunez and Emerson Landoni to the Dodgers as minor league FA.

  30. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Sorry, Landoni went to the Braves

  31. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    More players from the Yankee farms released.

    Mike Solbach, Trevor Johnson, Jon Hurst, Mike Ferraro, Taylor Grote and Bobby Rinard.
    Jim Blueberg, Francisco Cruceta, Nathan Forer, Mike Gipson, Dustin Hobbs, Corey Maines, Mike Recchia …

  32. Joe from Long Island January 5th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    GB – is Taylor Grote related to Jerry Grote?

  33. exiledintampa January 5th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Anyone else see the strange day/night splits for the Yankees over on Rant sports? We should play all day games.

  34. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Joe,

    unless it’s really distant, I don’t think so

  35. Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    released guys: Mike Solbach, Trevor Johnson, Jon Hurst, Mike Ferraro, Taylor Grote and Bobby Rinard, Blueberg, Francisco Cruceta, Nathan Forer, Mike Gipson, Dustin Hobbs, Corey Maines, Mike Recchia.

    idk who any of these guys are, but they are baseball players and I’m sure some of them won’t catch on anywhere, they’re careers will be over and they’ll go to work as cops or truck drivers or anything you and I do. Good luck to them all, I’m sure they’ll tell their kids and grandkids with pride that they played in the Yankees system!

  36. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    the only one that kind of surprises me is Nunez because he’s a shortstop at AA. Looks like Ibarra will finally move up to Trenton.

  37. tomingeorgia January 5th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Ys,
    Oh, how I’d love to be able to tell my grandchildren that I was released by the NY Yankees! damned arm. . .

  38. 4 NYY January 5th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Can’t we get someone more reliable than Chavez ? No longer hits for power and is a injury waiting to happen.

  39. BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    “Can’t we get someone more reliable than Chavez ? No longer hits for power and is a injury waiting to happen.”

    ————

    like who?

    I’m not sure there’s another free agent 3b out there? Casey Blake signed. Dobbs is signed. DeRosa signed.

    Chavez is a good backup. The health is a concern but hopefully as a backup he can stay healthy.

  40. Nick in SF January 5th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I think Taylor Grote might be related to Turley Grote.

  41. Ruby Wednesday January 5th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    No more Garza dribble? Time to switch back to Kuroda? Maybe E. Jackson for some mind numbing conversation about nothing? Have at it.

  42. Joe from Long Island January 5th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    very funny, Nick.

    Ys Guy – you’re right, for many of these guys, from the Yankees’ system to every other team, being released like this is the end of the line. The dream is over. Back to the real world.

  43. BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    “No more Garza dribble? Time to switch back to Kuroda? Maybe E. Jackson for some mind numbing conversation about nothing? Have at it.”

    ———–

    eh – let’s assume the Yanks are saving for 2013 offseason. Who? and how much?

    Scott Baker *
    Joe Blanton
    Matt Cain
    Fausto Carmona *
    Kevin Correia
    John Danks
    Jorge De La Rosa *
    R.A. Dickey *
    Scott Feldman *
    Gavin Floyd *
    Zack Greinke
    Jeremy Guthrie
    Cole Hamels
    Dan Haren *
    Tim Hudson *
    Colby Lewis
    Francisco Liriano
    Kyle Lohse
    Derek Lowe
    Shaun Marcum
    Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Brandon McCarthy
    Brett Myers *
    Carl Pavano
    Jake Peavy *
    Anibal Sanchez
    Jonathan Sanchez
    Ervin Santana *
    Joe Saunders
    James Shields *
    Jake Westbrook *
    Randy Wolf *
    Carlos Zambrano *

    * – option

  44. BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    guess that list is out of date too – no Danks and prob no Saunders

  45. Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    i think the word you were looking for was drivel.

    “childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.”

    (…love twaddle, too…)

    but dribble works…
    :)

  46. blake January 5th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Scott Swaim @MLBInsideNews 20m … he may retire. He doesn’t want to do another surgery. This all according to a source familiar with his thinking.

    Scott Swaim @MLBInsideNews 21m #Breaking: Kendrys Morales is considering retirement as he meets with Dr. In Colorado. If he gets bad news from the ankle specialist (cont)

    No clue if there is any truth to this but if so it’d be one of the more unfortunate things I’ve seen in the game….

  47. Deal With It January 5th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    ‘eh – let’s assume the Yanks are saving for 2013 offseason. Who? and how much?’

    ================

    Simple by that time 1 or 2 of the AAA guys will be in the rotation which will accomplish a couple of things:

    1. Getting rid of deadwood.
    2. Lower the payroll heading into 2014.
    3. Inject some needed youth into the team.

  48. BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    blake,

    yikes.

    very unfortunate. the guy looked like he’d be a great player and may never get a chance…

  49. blake January 5th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Definitely one of the most freak injuries I’ve seen…..especially for it to threaten his career like this.

  50. Deal With It January 5th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    It is hazardous to jump on top of home plate.

  51. BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    here’s the Morales injury for anyone who hasn’t seen it – crazy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIwmcDe-Ni4

  52. Tar January 5th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    “i think the word you were looking for was drivel.
    “childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.”
    (…love twaddle, too…)
    but dribble works…”

    Thats hilarious. :D

    Blake

    That news about Morales is awful if true. Unfortunately I can relate. I’ve had had 2 surgeries on my ankle and it still bothers me everyday. Definitely no 3rd surgery for me either.

  53. kd January 5th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    if they’re saving for next winter, then they’re going all in for cain and/or hamels. they might get both, who knows. but they’ll be super aggressive. for all of the complaints about cashman around here, he typically gets his guy. with one notable exception, but a pretty solid track record.

  54. Deal With It January 5th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    What part of no more luxury tax do you fail to understand ? Cain and Hamels, sure and the AAA guys will remain down there until they are in their 30′s ?

  55. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    BD (Boston Dave) January 5th, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    blake,

    yikes.

    very unfortunate. the guy looked like he’d be a great player and may never get a chance…

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Really is too bad, but, really, he caused it himself. Herb Score and Tony Conigliaro were more disturbing. All they were doing was their job and two of the brightest young stars in baseball at the time….early 20s and a whole career ahead of then.

  56. Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    its extremely unfortunate, he was just celebrating like almost everybody else does at some point or another. if you want players to show no exuberance at all, the game becomes very sterile. Nobody deserves to end their career and lose millions of dollars because he was celebrating with his teammates.

  57. austinmac January 5th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    No one knows if the Yankees plan to get involved with 2013 free agents. It is pure speculation. I have significant doubts as that further reduces money that can be spent on the other 20 players and still keep under $189M. But, who knows?

  58. Joe from Long Island January 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    GB – i’m not old enough for Herb Score – but I remember reading about Tony Conigliaro getting hit in the face by Jack Hamilton, out in Anaheim. He was a really good ballplayer. I was surprised when he came back. He was never the same player.

  59. Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I just can’t get that upset that the yankees might be contemplating ‘only’ spending $189 in 2014. That’s more than enough to win the WS.

    It’s quite obvious to Yankees fans that there is no direct correlation between spending the most money and winning the championship, and they will still very likely be spending the most of any team, if they actually do it.

    For now, they are still spending more than $189M and it’s still the most money of any team. And it still doesn’t guarantee a Championship.

    How soft many Yankees fans have become…

  60. Deal With It January 5th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    New Post :arrow:

    ‘Bernier returns, plus other minor moves’ ?

  61. RMS January 5th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    How soft many Yankees fans have become…

    ————————————————————————–
    That’s because they were so used to George. He had the big bucks and spent them. Not the same with his sons.

  62. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    its extremely unfortunate, he was just celebrating like almost everybody else does at some point or another. if you want players to show no exuberance at all, the game becomes very sterile. Nobody

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    All I said was that although it was too bad about Morales, he cause his own injury. Score was pitching and Conigilaro was batting. Three careers were ruined on those two playes. Neither score nor McDougal and Jack Hamilton was a gutless punk with a reputation of throwing fastballs at hitters, especially their head.

  63. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Joe from Long Island January 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm
    GB – i’m not old enough for Herb Score – but I remember reading about Tony Conigliaro getting hit in the face by Jack Hamilton, out in Anaheim. He was a really good ballplayer. I was surprised when he came back. He was never the same player.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    I think maybe I saw one game of Score’s on TV and another after. What was really noticable was everytime he released the ball, he flinched, like the ball was coming back at him, and I believe is was part of the cause for his shoulder injury because he cut off his motion. I think he was just 24. first two years, 36 wins and 500 strikeouts. Like all fireballers, he could get wild, but, you couldn’t hit him.

    Conigliaro was 20 years old in his second year and lead the league in homers. Damned, could he ever hit the ball hard and far.

  64. Duh Innings January 5th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    The Yanks should re-sign Eric Chavez for another year and what he made plus $100K as his base salary because he is a veteran who is still a solid gloveman and has homerun potential. He’s the infield version of Andruw Jones, and I would not mind if he and Jones platooned at DH if Montero needs more seasoning in AAA, at least until a permanent DH is found.

    If the Yanks brought him back, their 25-man roster to start 2012 would be almost set / as follows:

    Rotation : Sabathia/Burnett/Nova/Garcia/Hughes

    Bullpen : Rivera/Robertson/Soriano/Logan/Wade/Okajima or Cabral as the second lefty/Whoever wins the final bullpen slot in spring training among Meyers (the Rule 5 draft pick) et.al.

    Bench : Romine or Cervelli (I prefer Romine – Cervelli needs to take a year off from catching games for his own health and safety – too many concussions moreover he’s at risk to die from one)/Chavez/Nunez/Jones

    Starting Nine/(My) Batting Order :

    Gardner LF L
    Jeter SS R
    Cano 2B L
    Rodriguez 3B R
    Granderson CF L
    Teixiera 1B S (He switches places with Granderson when he shows he can hit .270 or better again because .250 or less isn’t cutting it in the #5)
    Swisher RF S
    Martin C R
    Montero DH S (He switches places with Martin if he hits well enough.)


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