The Yanks have brought in veteran infielders Ronnie Belliard and Eric Chavez as non-roster invites to spring training. These are the type of low-risk moves the Yanks have been making this offseason.
Belliard, who was on that Cardinals ’06 World Series team, hit .216/.295/.327 with a 72 OPS+ in 82 games for the Dodgers last year. Ronnie, who will be 36 in April, hit .277/.325/.451 with a 104 OPS+ for the Nats and Dodgers in 2009, and .287/.372/.473 with a 122 OPS+ for the Nats in ’08.
From 1999 to 2006 Chavez was awesome, but right around 2008 the injuries started catching up to him. He played in just 23, 8 and 33 games over the last three seasons, respectively, due to back and shoulder injuries.
There’s not room for both of these guys on the roster, so most likely they’ll compete for the same spot. Also, I assume, this most likely means the end for Ramiro Pena as a Yankee.
Pitchers and catchers report in 10 days!!!!