Eric Chavez signs a 1-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks

When Alex Rodriguez went down the thing that made the most sense for the Yankees to replace him was to platoon Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger until he comes back. Keppinger signed earlier today with the White Sox and now the Yankees have lost out on the other half of that platoon too as Chavez has signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Bob Nightengale of the USA Today.

Things are not shaping up well for the Yankees this offseason. They have already been restricted by their austerity budget, which has caused them to miss out on the more expensive free agents, but they’ve also missed out on a few free agents they should be able to afford too.

This one seems to fall right on Brian Cashman as well. He knew at least a month before we did about the injury to Alex Rodriguez and only began to seriously look for a replacement after they made the announcement. He didn’t even contact Chavez’s agent to find out if he was going to retire or not until this week and now he’s missed his chance.

Other third base possibilities like Marco Scutaro and Yunel Escobar are also off the table so the Yankees are going to have to turn to Kevin Youkilis or possibly Mark Reynolds. There are significant concerns with each of those players though. Youkilis is aging, injury prone, and coming off a year where he posted career lows in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. Reynolds is terrible defensively, the Mets were considering signing him and moving him to the outfield, and he strikes out a ton.

If the Yankees are going to go into the season with somebody other than David Adams, who has barely any experience at third and has never played above Double-A, then they are going to have to get aggressive in talks for players that aren’t very good. It’s a tough position they’ve put themselves in. Too bad Cashman wasted the early part of the offseason negotiating with players he knew were coming back to the Yankees anyway.

Chavez hti .281/.348/.496 in 109 games for the Yankees last season. He was never an option as their everyday third baseman next year though because of his terrible stats against lefties and his inablity to play more than four days in a row. However, he was the perfect platoon player and a good clubhouse guy.

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6 Responses to Eric Chavez signs a 1-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks

  1. BenjaminJ says:

    Unless Cashman is an absolute dolt and I know that he is not there is only reason for that current state of affairs…he is sand bagging Hal.

  2. Jim says:

    There were times that Chavez looked re-born but the yanks are better without him– by age 25 (David Adams is 25) Chavez had 5+ MLB season in. Strike out per AB (Chavez/Adams) is almost same as is fielding % at 3rd (albeit just a handful of games for Adams)– Adams will likely never have the power Chavez had, but to expect that is unrealistic– the yanks need to give players like Adams a chance you cannot have a 34+ year old at EVERY position- nor can you expect to only bring up prospects that have over proven them selves below-

  3. Guest says:

    Very Odd… Would think that the Yankees could afford to come up with a deal like this. Low number, single year.

  4. Fred says:

    I really hope Cashman has some sort of grand plan that we're not aware of, because right now this offseason has raised a lot more questions than answers

  5. klaus says:

    This is going to be a team of old men and untried minor leaguers. No one with anything left is signing for 1 year.

  6. Fer says:

    Now that are going to lose Raul Ibañez to the Phillies, and probably Ichiro Suzuki, It´s going to happen the same thing that happened with lance Berkman, they traded for him, but at the end of the 2010, he said he was happy with New York, but yankees didn¨t resign him , because he was too expensive, and look what a terrific season he had with St. Louis Cardinals, world champions 2011.
    We should get both players. specially Ichiro

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