CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 23: Endy Chavez #9 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after striking out during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 23, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The Baltimore Orioles designated Endy Chavez for assignment last Saturday, starting a 10 day clock for the Orioles to trade, release or outright the outfielder to the minor leagues (with his consent). Luckily for Baltimore, Chavez has accepted his outright assignment to Class Triple-A Norfolk and is expected to report to the team on Tuesday, according to Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun.
Endy Chavez has accepted assignment to Triple-A Norfolk and is expected to report on Tuesday.— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 10, 2012
As noted by Encina, Chavez could have declined the assignment given his accrued Major League service time, but that would also mean opting out of the remainder of his $1.5 million contract.
The 34-year-old outfielder batted just .190/.222/.281 in 129 plate appearances over 47 games with the Orioles this season. Statistically speaking, it his worst season since his rookie year in which Chavez played in only 29 games.