It seems like a perfect fit, the Yankees need somebody to backup Alex Rodriguez at third base and Eric Chavez, who liked his time with them, still needs a job. Despite this there hasn’t been much back and forth between the two sides.
However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that the oft-injured third baseman could still join the team.
The Yankees could technically still use a backup infielder and a DH, but Chavez may be able to fill both roles, platooning with Andruw Jones and backing up A-Rod at the same time. However, his injury history resembles that of Nick Johnson so counting on him to do both may be a disaster waiting to happen.
Before injuries began taking their toll on him last season, Chavez had a .410 OBP and a .834 OPS. After the injuries he had a much more pedestrian .294 OBP and .633 OPS. If the Yankees signed him, hopefully they would have a backup plan too.