Tag:Endy Chavez
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:50 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 9:46 am
 

Reports: Orioles sign Endy Chavez

By Matt Snyder

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to sign free agent outfielder Endy Chavez, several different outlets are reporting (MASN.com). The New York Daily News reports the deal is for one year.

Chavez, 33, hit .301/.323/.426 for the Rangers last season in limited duty (274 plate appearances). He also had 10 stolen bases. The Orioles will mark Chavez's seventh team in 11 seasons.

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New Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette had said earlier this offseason that a left-handed outfield bat was a need, as Felix Pie -- who has signed with the Indians -- just wasn't cutting it. Chavez is a lefty and a definite upgrade over Pie.

Chavez could even land some significant playing time for the O's. Obviously Nick Markakis and Adam Jones are firmly entrenched in right and center field, respectively, but Nolan Reimold is slotted as the left fielder. Reimold has good power, but inconsistency has plagued him the past two years. In fact, he didn't even make the team out of spring last year. He had a really good September, but who knows if that continues. With Chavez, the Orioles have a potential platoon-mate (Reimold is right-handed) or even insurance to take over. If Reimold does hit well all season and remain the starter, Chavez is a fine fourth outfielder.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

Carlos Beltran

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Rangers have been on record as looking for bullpen help, and the Mets could be a possible trade partner, SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets.

Heyman notes the Rangers have expressed interest in both Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Last week Rodriguez noted he'd be fine moving into a setup role for a team that'll be in the playoff hunt, and the first-place Rangers (in a pretty weak division) certainly qualify in that regard.

More interesting is Beltran, who hasn't played center field this season. Last year he started 58 games in center, only to be replaced this season by Angel Pagan. Josh Hamilton has started nine games in center this season and 29 a year ago.

While Hamilton and Nelson Cruz have spent time on the disabled list, the other Rangers outfielders have gotten opportunities, but nobody's taken ahold of it. David Murphy is hitting .233/.310/.317 with four home runs in 226 plate appearances, while his OPS has dropped 179 points from last season. He's played mostly left this season but also center and right. 

The Rangers used three different starters in center field in this past weekend's series against the Mets. Hamilton started there Friday; Craig Gentry started Saturday; and former Met Endy Chavez started Sunday. Add to that, the player who has started the most games in center for the Rangers is Julio Borbon.

Besides Hamilton, of the other three, Chavez is the only one that has a homer (two) this season. All have respectable splits, but none has a long-term track record, much less one that compares to Beltran's.

Beltran is in the final year of his seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets. He's making $18.5 million this season and has a full no-trade clause.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Rangers promote Chavez; Cruz hopes return on way

By Evan Brunell

BorbonThe Rangers placed outfielder Julio Borbon on the disabled list Saturday, marking the third starting outfielder for Texas to go on the DL.

Endy Chavez (pictured) was yanked from Friday's Triple-A game upon Borbon's strained left hamstring in Friday's game and is in the lineup at leadoff, playing center field. The Rangers plan to deploy him against right-handers and Craig Gentry against lefties, as the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram writes via Twitter.

Texas's outfield is in tatters, as none of the projected starting outfielders are in the lineup. Josh Hamilton is still a ways away in his recovery from a broken arm and took swings during batting practice Friday. He could be cleared for a minor-league rehab assignment shortly and be back by the end of the month. Meanwhile, projected starting right fielder Nelson Cruz will be running this weekend to test his strained right quad as he guns for a return from the 15-day disabled list.

"We are going to run Cruz heavy this weekend and if everything goes well, we will see where to go," manager Ron Washington told the Star-Telegram. "We've got to get him on the bases, start, stop, go, all that stuff. Once he passes that test we will see where to go."

Cruz will be eliglble to return next Thursday and is hoping to embark on a rehab stint Monday. With Borbon's injury, the Rangers must be really hoping Cruz comes through with flying colors, although they won't press the issue.

Endy Chavez, for his part, has not played since 2009 with the Mariners. He is not known for his bat but possesses good speed and strong defense, with his claim to fame being a robbing of Scott Rolen's home run in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, doubling Jim Edmonds off first to boot. The Cardinals would go on to win the World Series after then-closer Adam Wainwright froze Carlos Beltran for the final strike and out of the game on a curveball.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Minor League free agents

There's no list like a minor league free agent list -- and Baseball America has the complete list of has-beens, shoulda-beens and never-beens.

Clay Zavada These players are any that aren't on a 40-man roster on Nov. 7 qualified for free agency if he had accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors) while still bound by his first uniform player contract. There are 533 on the list and here are a few that jumped out to me for various reasons (not including both Drew T. Anderson and Drew M. Anderson):

• LHP Clay Zavada (pictured) (Diamondbacks) -- great mustache.
• 1B Carlos Delgado (Red Sox) -- really.
• OF Wladimir Balentien (Reds) -- former Mariners' prospect had a monster season at Triple-A Louisville (.282/.337/.536 with 25 home runs).
• 2B Kazuo Matsui (Rockies) -- a warning for those interested in Tsuyoshi Nishioka?
• RHP Charlie Zink (Twins) -- subject of a great New Yorker article a couple of years back.
• OF Jacque Jones (Twins) -- seriously, I thought he'd retired.
• C Michael Barrett (Mets) -- ditto.
• C J.R. House (Mets) -- record-setting high school quarterback.
• RHP  Brandon Duckworth (Phillies) -- remember him?
• OF Wily Mo Pena (Padres) -- the Bronson Arroyo and cash deal for Wily Mo was a pretty good deal for the Reds.
• OF Endy Chavez (Mets) -- I've got a great bobblehead of his catch from the 2006 NLCS.
• OF Willy Taveras (Rangers) -- he's fast, so someone will give him a chance.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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