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Yankees make the Chavez signing official

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Eric Chavez has been working out for three days now, but his signing didn’t become official until today. Here’s the announcement. Even though they didn’t have to open a 40-man spot, the Yankees went ahead with plans to place David Aardsma on the 60-day disabled list.

The New York Yankees today announced they have re-signed six-time Gold Glove Award-winning infielder Eric Chavez to a one-year Major League contract.

Chavez, 34, batted .263 (42-for-160) with 16 runs, seven doubles, two home runs and 26 RBI in his first season with the Yankees in 2011. He was limited to 58 games (42 games at third base, seven games at designated hitter and three games at first base) after missing nearly three months with a left foot fracture (May 6-July 25). He did not make an error during the regular season, making him the only player to appear in at least 40 games at third base without a miscue in 2011. Additionally, Chavez batted .415 (17-for-41) with 22 RBI with runners in scoring position, marking the highest such batting average by a Yankee last season (minimum 40AB with RISP).

A 14-year Major League veteran, Chavez has appeared in 1,378 combined games with Oakland (1998-2010) and the Yankees (2011). He owns a .267 (1,318-for-4,943) career batting average with 289 doubles, 21 triples, 232 home runs and 813 RBI. Along with San Francisco’s Aubrey Huff (241 HR), is one of just two active players to hit at least 200 home runs without ever having been selected to an All-Star team.

The Los Angeles, California native was originally was selected by the Athletics in the first round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft. His defense garnered him six consecutive Gold Glove Awards at third base with the A’s from 2001-06, tied with Buddy Bell for the second-most awards by an American Leaguer at the position behind Brooks Robinson (16). In 2006, he set an Oakland record for fielding percentage by a third baseman with a .987 mark.

In an additional roster move, the Yankees placed RHP David Aardsma on the 60-day disabled list. The Yankees’ 40-man roster currently stands at 39 players.

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48 Responses to “Yankees make the Chavez signing official”

  1. Cashmoney February 27th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Swisher is not signing some sweetheart 8 million dollar 1 year contract.
    ——-
    Prolly not, i think it’s contingent up how he does this year Jerk. If he puts up similar offensive production theb he is a 10-12 mil player on open market. or, if he has an below average year i can see he settles for less. either way, neither of the claim of 8 or greater r preposterous imo..

  2. Jerkface February 27th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Prolly not, i think it’s contingent up how he does this year Jerk. If he puts up similar offensive production theb he is a 10-12 mil player on open market. or, if he has an below average year i can see he settles for less. either way, neither of the claim of 8 or greater r preposterous imo..

    8 million AAV for 3-4 years? MAYBE, but unlikely when a worse player got 10.5. 1 year for 12-15 million? MAYBE, but unlikely because all the other OFers got 3 years.

    1 year for 8 million? The best possible combination for the Yankees and the worst possible combination for Swisher? No.

    This is his last big payday most likely. He isn’t delaying it for 1 year @ below market.

  3. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Swisher would have to get injured for that one year contract to be within the realm of the possible. He’s not going to out and out suck if healthy.

  4. Jerkface February 27th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Another reason Melky is making 6 million is because he was terrible!!! He has had 1 good season.

  5. Jerkface February 27th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Swisher’s ‘down year’ was better than Cuddyer’s walk year, and Cuddyer got 10.5 million.

  6. Erin February 27th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    eboland11 Pettitte on Banuelos:”The ball just explodes coming out of his hand…If I can do antying to help him I would love to be able to do that.

  7. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    eboland11 Erik Boland
    Pettitte on Banuelos:”The ball just explodes coming out of his hand…If I can do antying to help him I would love to be able to do that.

  8. Cashmoney February 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Chavez staying healthy for 60 games.
    over or under?

  9. Jerkface February 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Swisher was the 9th best Rfer last year. Guys like Nick Markakis will make 15 million in 2013. Carlos Beltran got 13 million. Swisher will get over 10 million.

  10. Tar February 27th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    “The quote you gave was not what led to my longer comment, it was blake’s subsequent response.”

    The quote I gave is what led to your lecture. His response is what led to your longer backtracking comment. Hence my call of bull. You are right though it is easy to miss something on your phone If I did miss something my apologies.

  11. Nick in SF February 27th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    “Nick, I have made an effort to look at the so called complaints…”

    Look at them? Dude, you’re one of the ones making them!

    “…and I see more complaining about the complaining about the trade than actual complaining about the trade.”

    Different people can look at the same things and perceive it differently. One man’s bitter complaint might be another man’s reasoned analysis.

    “If that’s the way you feel, then I would suggest that you point out specific flaws in the quality of expression…”

    Well, that’s how this particular tangent of the conversation got started.

  12. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    “Look at them? Dude, you’re one of the ones making them!”

    As are you…dude. But I think it’s a natural part of a Yankee fan blog. You, apparently, don’t.

    “Well, that’s how this particular tangent of the conversation got started.”

    Your primary point of argument seems to be that the Yankees know more. That really doesn’t advance the debate.

  13. blake February 27th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    “eboland11 Pettitte on Banuelos:”The ball just explodes coming out of his hand…If I can do antying to help him I would love to be able to do that.”

    Yes please

  14. Bronx Jeers February 27th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    “…and I see more complaining about the complaining about the trade than actual complaining about the trade.”

    Ah I see the elusive Complaint Trifecta has been achieved.

  15. blake February 27th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Swisher is going to want to get paid this winter……this is his one shot at a big contract.

  16. pat February 27th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Banuelos seems to be impressing. From earlier today…..

    NYDNHarper
    Banuelos just threw live BP. Like last year, ball exploding out of his hand. ARod walked out of cage and said “unbelievable.”

  17. blake February 27th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Yu will make his first start in the big leagues against the Padres….if the Padres offense counts as the big leagues

  18. blake February 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Mannyball!

  19. Wave Your Hat February 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Swisher is going to get 4/$48M from someone. I don’t know if the Yanks can sign both Swish and Grandy and be under $180M in 2014.

  20. Nick in SF February 27th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    “His response is what led to your longer backtracking comment.”

    Backtracking? Pfffft. I think blake responsed to my original comment with a little misconception about what I meant, so I explained why, but the original comment stands.

    Furthermore, Tar, while you might not agree with my original comment as it applies to blake, I think you do as it applies to yourself. Haven’t you been trying to figure out for a while what information you don’t have that would make this trade make more sense to you? Such as wondering about Montero’s past work ethic, or wondering about the quantity and nature of comments from Yankees about the trade?

    I applaud your open-minded sense of inquiry, Tar, and even your misguided attempt to defend your Tarheel-blue buddy.

  21. Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I refuse to get emotionally invested in prospects anymore.

  22. Wave Your Hat February 27th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    “…and I see more complaining about the complaining about the trade than actual complaining about the trade.”

    Just wait till randy l. checks in and you’ll change your mind about that…

  23. Cashmoney February 27th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I refuse to get emotionally invested in prospects anymore.
    ———
    who broke your heart Tom?

  24. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    “I refuse to get emotionally invested in prospects anymore.”

    Why confine it to prospects or even baseball, Tom? ;)

  25. Cashmoney February 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Swisher is going to get 4/$48M from someone.
    ———-
    good for swisher if he gets that. but i think he prolly settles for 2-3 with that annual average figure.

  26. willwill February 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    banueloswas impressive today… nobody hit him hard but tex once, and it was a grounder

  27. blake February 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    “I applaud your open-minded sense of inquiry, Tar, and even your misguided attempt to defend your Tarheel-blue buddy.”

    We stick together!

  28. blake February 27th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    If Banuelos takes a step forward with his command he will be a top 10 guy this time next year…..the stuff was there last year……he just needs to be more aggressive and trust it.

  29. Cashmoney February 27th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Beltran for 13 mil for one year seems like a decent bargain to me if it is a one year contract; I like Beltran’s game when healthy.

  30. blake February 27th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Beltran for the contract he signed with the Cards is a huge bargain as well.

  31. Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I’m not ready to go full psychopath yet.

    http://www.damninteresting.com.....ened-mind/

  32. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Beltran and Kuroda would have been a perfect offseason.

  33. pat February 27th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    ?@DanielMcCutchen
    AJ wrote a check 2 College America 529 4 a college fund for my soon to be born daughter in Exchange for #34. Starting that investment early

  34. 4time February 27th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    NYDNHarper
    Banuelos just threw live BP. Like last year, ball exploding out of his hand. ARod walked out of cage and said “unbelievable.”

    —————–

    Just another reason why the Pineda trade was unnecessary.

  35. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    “I’m not ready to go full psychopath yet.”

    This quote from the trial judge who sentenced Bundy, still makes me laugh all these years later:

    “You’d have made a good lawyer, and I’d have loved to have seen you practice in front of me-but you went another way, partner.”

  36. Nick in SF February 27th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Rich, we just have a qualitative disagreement which we are not going to bridge right now.

    You perceive and characterize your own comments one way and at least one other person perceives and characterizes some of them another way, so we don’t have to get deeper into the complaint spiral.

  37. Rice Pudding Flavoured Relief Pitcher February 27th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Let’s see … Christian Garcia , Phil Hughes , Joba Chamberlain , Humberto Sanchez , Andrew Brackman , Dellin Betances and Manuel Banuelos.

    HOPEFULY on our 6th and 7th try since 2004 on having a somewhat homegrown consistent front line starter will work out for the better this time. :)

    I didn’t include Vizcaino cause he was in A ball at the time of the trade nor Ian Kennedy since I’m 99% sure that no one except Nardi Contreras maybe saw him as a front line starting pitcher.

  38. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    blake February 27th, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    Beltran for the contract he signed with the Cards is a huge bargain as well.

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

    You’re assuming that he’ll be healthy of course. Even at $13 mil a year, he’s no huge bargin. He’s average a slightly above pay for a corner outfielder.

  39. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    he’s no huge ***bargain***

  40. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Nick

    I don’t disagree with any of that. I acknowledge that, like you, I have an opinion of the trade, and the reaction to the trade, that has been posted ad nauseum, in part because there are really very few topical Yankee baseball stories that peak much interest. So I view the result as unavoidable; you don’t.

  41. blake February 27th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    “You’re assuming that he’ll be healthy of course. Even at $13 mil a year, he’s no huge bargin. He’s average a slightly above pay for a corner outfielder.”

    He was one of the few guys with a .900 ops last year…….if (and I know this is an if) he stays healthy that’ll be a really good value.

  42. stuckey February 27th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    “Your primary point of argument seems to be that the Yankees know more. That really doesn’t advance the debate.”

    No, but it improves the discourse, unless the premise is to knowingly engage in half-assed debate.

    At this point it’s become obvious the repetition is purposeful and defiant. Someone drops Beltran’s name into the conversation and we get the same handful of responses from the same posters we’ve gotten a dozen or more times before, which is not even a factor in any debate much less advances any.

    We’re going to continue to get the same comments because people making them want to show they can and nobody is going to tell them otherwise.

    We got a pissing match going on and repetition is a weapon.

  43. Jerkface February 27th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Beltran was the 5th best RFer last year.

  44. BryanV21 February 27th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    “Swisher is going to get 4/$48M from someone. I don’t know if the Yanks can sign both Swish and Grandy and be under $180M in 2014.”

    They are trying to get at or under $189m in 2014, not $180m, but your point is still valid. And I agree with it.

    If Granderson continues hitting as well as he did last season then I can see him getting a deal worth 5+ years. And since he’ll be entering his age 33 season, I’d rather not go there. Not to mention Curtis will earn more money per season than Swisher will.

    Therefore I’d rather bring back Swisher, even at an AAV of $12 million. Nick will be entering his age 32 season, and will require no more than 4 years (due to the Cuddyer deal being 3 years, I can see Swisher getting that much and possibly an option for a 4th).

    BTW, counting on Banuelos (who is another year or so away), or any prospect for that matter, to take over a key role on the MLB team would be a mistake. Therefore Manny does NOT make the Montero/Pineda deal pointless. And that doesn’t get into the fact that Manny would not be ready to help the 2012 team.

  45. Nick in SF February 27th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    “So I view the result as unavoidable; you don’t.”

    I view talking about the trade as unavoidable (I am talking about the trade) but the particular things people say about it are avoidable (including what I say).

    :arrow:

  46. mick February 27th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Andy Back?—–NEW ONE—–>>>>>>

  47. BryanV21 February 27th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I like the Beltran deal for the Cardinals. They replace a good chunk of Pujols’ numbers (assuming Carlos can stay on the field), and for around $12 million/8 years less. Is it a bargain? I don’t think you can say that until you see what happens. It’s like evaluating a trade involving prospects before you see what the prospects do.

  48. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    The fact of the matter is, the Yankees didn’t want Beltran. They have a right fielder. Beltran doesn’t play that great of a corner and he no longer steals bases. He’s not $3 mil a year better than Swisher. This is getting to be the old “They should have gone after Sizemore” thing again. How’s that working for the Indians.

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