The New York Yankees are in talks with corner infielder Eric Chavez about returning for another season in pinstripes. No deal has been made yet, but the two sides are expected to come to an agreement, reports Andrew Marchand.
After trading starter A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Yankees had some extra cash to spend on bench depth. Their first priority was finding a left-handed DH, so they signed outfielder Raul Ibanez. They also wanted to bring Chavez back, but they weren't sure if they could afford it.
However, Ibanez signed for $1.1 million plus incentives, most likely leaving the Yankees with enough room to land Chavez as well.
Chavez, 34, batted .263 with 26 RBI last season for New York. He can be productive as Alex Rodriguez's back up at third base, but has a history of injuries and missed a large part of last season with a foot injury.
The Yankees have done a great job of adding veteran depth to the roster throughout the offseason. If they are going to use a DH platoon and want to keep aging stars like A-Rod and Derek Jeter rested and healthy, then having quality back ups will be vital to their success.
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