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2/7/1978 (39 y, 17 d)
2000 Rule 5 Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 5, Overall: 5, Team: Kansas City Royals
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
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Returning to the majors for the first time since then-M’s teammate Yuni Betancourt blew up his knee in a 2009 collision, Chavez continued to cover the gaps, run the bases well and turned in what counts as a high-power year by his modest standards. Chavez batted .301/.323/.426, hit a career-high-tying five homers and stole 10 bases in 15 attempts in 274 PA after Julio Borbon went down with an ankle injury. A free agent at press time, Chavez might move on if the Rangers are confident in Borbon’s health. Craig Gentry and prospect Leonys Martin are in the mix, too, and Josh Hamilton doesn’t embarrass himself in center field. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
2011 represents the absolute apex of Chavez’s fantasy value: a high average, a dash of power and some steals in a part-time role. He’ll probably continue to be more valuable in real life than in fantasy leagues.
Endy Chavez doesn’t like to walk. That’s fine; he does other things well, or at least sufficiently, to scratch out a twelve-year career as a fifth outfielder. As good as his 2011 was, though, none of the Oriole Magic rubbed off on him: his batting average on balls in play sank to .227, and without the walks to supplement his stick, his wOBA cratered at .226. In August, he was replaced by human punching bag Nate McLouth, only to return when Nick Markakis went down. At thirty-five, it’s possible that Endy gets a spring training invite, enjoys one last tour with the kids, shagging flies and teaching young outfielders how to lower the shoulder when running into Yuniesky Betancourt. Even if he does latch onto a team to provide some Veteran Leadership, make sure to avoid letting to latch onto yours. (Patrick Dubuque)
The Quick Opinion:
The last time Endy Chavez had fantasy value, he was playing for a team that no longer exists, and Meet the Fockers was out in theaters.
Endy Chavez is the symbol for every bad baseball team: the guy forced into a starting role because of injuries, who can play every position in the sense that he has played every position, that can do a little of everything in the sense that he’s terrible at doing everything. Mariners broadcasters lavished praise on Endy Chavez last season despite the fact that he was below average in every measurable tool you can think of. His mere presence caused the Safeco outfield grass to wither. (Patrick Dubuque)
The Quick Opinion:
Fifth outfielders, like children, should be seen on roster breakdowns and not heard. At this point in his career (and perhaps yours), if you are forced to care about the outcome of an Endy Chavez plate appearance, multiple errors have occurred.
For about six straight seasons, Endy Chavez has provided organizational depth for a variety of teams. He used to be really fast and played a solid outfield, neither of which are true anymore. He might be 50 years old, but probably not, although he did play for the Montreal Expos, which is pretty awesome. Don't put him on your fantasy team because that's giving up before the season even begins. (
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