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  1. decent move for AZ. wasn’t asking for much money and they obviously need depth at 3rd.

    Comment by Steve — December 5, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

  2. Decent move for AZ. wasn’t asking for much moolah and they obviously need depth at 3rd.

    Comment by Ye Olde Pub — December 5, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  3. decent move for AZ. wasn’t asking for much cheddar and they obviously need depth at 3rd.

    Comment by this guy — December 5, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  4. A solid move for the Snakes. It required minimal investment, in terms of both finances and duration, while addressing a clear need for attrition at the hot corner.

    Comment by that guy — December 5, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  5. I’m mystified that the Yanks didn’t get this done. They need help at 3B, the seemingly had a good experience with Chavez in 2012/indications were he liked playing in NY, and the price was right (importantly including no costs in ’14).

    What gives?

    Comment by DBA — December 5, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

  6. This deal is short term and looks like a better investment than your average contract or deal

    Comment by J6takish — December 5, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  7. I actually think that the A-Rod injury made it less likely that they bring back Chavez. They now need an every day guy, and with Chavez’s injury history and age, he isn’t that guy.

    Comment by Preston — December 5, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

  8. Given those splits, the only thing Chavez brings you over Johnson is better defense. So, playing Chavez when sinkerballers like Miley pitch will improve that left side of the infield. On the other hand, is that a significant enough difference to warrant $3 million. Also, I agree, Yankees need a third baseman for everyday, Chavez would only have worked if they had resigned someone like Casey McGee (1-5 wRC+ .326 wOBA vs. RHP). Chavez wasn’t the answer for the Bronx Bombers.

    Comment by Ben — December 5, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

  9. if the goal is to get an excellent starter for 2ish months until ARod returns, who then goes to the bench/DH pool, what are the other options? Youkilis? Polanco? Chavez was the best option out there, i cant imagine why they didnt resign him. the price of that contract is about one-third (!) of what ARod will make while he is on the DL.

    Comment by jsolid — December 6, 2012 @ 12:04 am

  10. It’s not that they’re better players. It’s that they’re more likely to play. Eric Chavez has serious back problems that literally make it difficult just to get up in the morning http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304765304577480803911265114.html
    He shouldn’t be counted on to play the field more than 2-3 times per week and any day could be his last in the bigs. I think the Yankees would trade some upside in production for some certainty. I actually think that a Jack Hannahan/Jason Nix platoon would be the best fit for them.

    Comment by Preston — December 6, 2012 @ 2:24 am

  11. I would think this would also allow them to play Johnson AND Chavez against tough RH’s and sit Goldschmidt on occasion, with Johnson shifting over to 1b

    Comment by Dink — December 6, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  12. I also think that A-Rod will miss a lot more than two months of the season 4 months is the minimum. At his age it’s probably going to be more like 6, and I think the Yankees would be shortsighted to allow him to rush back considering his age, and contract. So then you have to assume it will be at least a few weeks of MiLB rehab and then he will probably DH a lot when he does return. I think he’ll probably miss at least 4 months, and be more of a DH occasional 3B when he does return.

    Comment by Preston — December 6, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  13. You left out, like, 30 letters in McGeeheeheeheeheeheeheehee

    Comment by gnomez — December 6, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  14. Totally understood that Chavez comes with a health risk attached, but at that price it seems a risk well worth taking. Particularly if these 1 x $12 rumors for Youkilis – not exactly the paragon of durability – are close to accurate.

    Comment by DBA — December 6, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  15. that guy wins the capsule analysis derby.

    Comment by Baltar — December 7, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

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