Via Sweeny Murti of WFAN:
Chavez, 33, was once one of the better hitters and defenders in all of baseball, but those days are long behind him. Now he barely stays healthy, can’t hit, and hasn’t played even 20 games in the field since 2007.
Since 2007, Chavez has played 154 games with a .233 batting average and a .689 OPS.
Again the Yankees have signed an over-the-hill veteran to compete for a bench roll when the much younger Willy Aybar is available and would do the job just fine.
There doesn’t seem to be much room on the roster for both Belliard and Chavez so they will likely be competition for a job. This almost definitely means that Ramiro Pena is done with the Yankees as Eduardo Nunez will likely be the shortstop and second base backup and Chavez or Belliard will play third and first base.
One positive way to look at this is that the Yankees have signed so good players whose value dropped because of injuries that at least one or two of them have to have big seasons. I wonder who it is going to be.
What do you think? Could either Belliard or Chavez have a big year in 2011 and make Cashman look smart? Or is this a waste of time?