The Arizona Diamondbacks and veteran third baseman Eric Chavez have agreed on an unspecified contract, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The six-time Gold Glove award winner and former All-Star spent all of 2013 with Arizona following a two year stint with the Yankees.
Eric Chavez has deal with dbacks— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 18, 2013
A lifetime .268/.342/.476 hitter, Chavez has accrued a WAR of 36.9 in his 16-year big league career. He spent the first 13 of those years with the Oakland Athletics, where he emerged as an elite talent, best known for his defensive wizardry at third.
Though his glove has declined quite a bit over the past few years, Chavez is still a well-above average offensive weapon in a part-time role. In 2013, Chavez played in just 80 games for Arizona, but put up a solid OPS+ of 120, just a year after posting a 125 OPS+ in 113 games for the Yankees.
With Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado expected to man first and third respectively, Chavez will likely be relegated to a pinch-hitter/reserve corner infielder role, much like he was last year.