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12/7/1977 (39 y, 3 m, 18 d)
1996 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 10, Overall: 10, Team: Oakland Athletics
$3M / 1 Years (2013)
$3.5M / 1 Years (2014)
Chavez (knee) announced his retirement Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. (7/30/2014)
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Eric Chavez played 58 games in 2011 with the New York Yankees, the most baseball he’s played since 2007 in Oakland. While he proved that he can still play Major League defense at third base, he struggled offensively, registering a .294 wOBA and 79 wRC+. At this point in his career, Chavez is a backup, and while it’s rumored the Yankees are interested in retaining his services, without a job, and without guaranteed at-bats, Chavez’s fantasy value goes from little to none. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Chavez played more games than he did in years in 2011, and while his successful return to baseball makes for a good story, his health is where his comeback ends. Chavez doesn’t get on base enough, hit for power, or get enough at-bats for you to consider drafting him.
Chavez, 35, had his best season in a half-decade in 2012. His .281/.348/.496 (126 wRC+) line wasn't just a product of Yankee Stadium, as he hit better on the road (134 wRC+ and nine homers) than at home (117 wRC+ and seven homers). Chavez spent seven days on the concussion DL but otherwise stayed healthy all season, which is not something fantasy owners should count on happening again given his history. He'll see plenty of time at the infield corners with the Diamondbacks, but don't expect a repeat of his 20.8% HR/FB or DL-avoiding ways. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite a terrific 2012 season, counting on Chavez to avoid the disabled list again wouldn't be advisable. He'll see plenty of time at the infield corners with the Diamondbacks but is unlikely to see 20.8% of his fly balls leave the park again.
In a reserve role for the Diamondbacks, Chavez (once again) posted a fairly solid year's worth of totals with a .281 average, nine home runs and 44 RBI in 2013. His .197 isolated slugging percentage showed that he can still hit for a bit of power and while he's no longer starter material, he's still got value as a back-up corner infielder. His biggest advance last season was his improved work at the plate against left-handed hitters which, if he can continue to maintain a similar level in 2014, will potentially get him into the lineup a bit more often. He's not someone you target on draft day, even in the deepest of leagues, but he should have some short-term use throughout the season as either an injury replacement or as a plug-and-play in daily leagues. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Chavez has signed on for another year with the Diamondbacks and will continue to work as a back-up corner infielder. He's not someone you look to draft, even in the deepest of leagues, but given his strength against right-handers and his recent improvement against lefties, Chavez could have some short-term use as either an injury-replacement or as a plug-and-play in daily leagues.
This 17 year veteran retired earlier in the offseason. If one wanted to gauge Chavez's fantasy value in 2015, the term "nonexistent" seems sensible. That was probably true before he retired. (Brad Johnson)
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Updated: Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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