Eric Chavez has been contemplating retirement since the Yankees season ended, but he told general manager Brian Cashman yesterday that he expects to play in 2012, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
This doesn’t necessarily mean he will return to the Bronx, but Chavez has indicated that he would like to return to the Yankees if he didn’t retire. It’s going to come down to money though. Chavez earned a base salary of $1.5 million last season plus incentives. If he expects a raise the Yankees may simply go with Brandon Laird instead.
Chavez was once a MVP-type player for the A’s but has had trouble staying healthy since 2006. That trend continued as he played in just 58 games off the bench, missing almost three months with a foot injury.