Thursday, January 20, 2011

Eric Chavez Worked Out, DL Stint Upcoming

Once-upon-a-time third baseman Eric Chavez worked out for the Dodgers in Arizona Thursday. He has also reportedly worked out for the Yankees, Blue Jays and Mariners. I'd suggest he takes the first offer he gets because another work out will surely send him in for more back surgery.

Chavez came up with the A's in 1998 and won six consecutive Gold Gloves from 2001-2006 but his baseball expiration date came in 2007. In '07, Chavez managed to play in 90 games and saw his OBP fall to .306. Watermarks he would never reach again. Chavez played in 23 games in 2008, eight in 2009 and 33 in 2010. Last season, Chavez admitted his career might be over because swinging a bat was uncomfortable and he had numbness in his shoulders.

Yet, he's attempting another comeback. The AL teams are looking at him as a DH possibility. Sure, why not? The 33-year-old hit 18 home runs and a .233/.290/.399 line over the past four seasons. The Dodgers make even less sense considering Chavez has the mobility of a traffic cone.

I have nothing against Chavez as long as he doesn't end up as the Angels 2011 third baseman. Besides, he's an easy joke. I give you exhibit A...

Well, they can't all be winners.

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