Ok, NOW the Yankees are finished with their offseason moves. Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News is reporting that the Yankees have locked up Eric Chavez for the 2012 season with a $900K deal plus incentives.
That spells good news for Alex Rodriguez who, at almost 37 years old, will benefit from the occasional off day. And Yankees fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief with Chavez at third base instead of guys like Bill Hall or Brandon Laird.
Possibly my favorite part of the deal? The price tag. The Yankees have claimed all along that they had a budget of $1-2M to sign a DH this winter. With the signing of Raul Ibanez to a $1.1M deal and now Chavez to a $900K deal, the Yankees secured a left-handed DH and a solid lefty-hitting veteran infielder off the bench for exactly $2M. Talk about sticking to a budget. I have to believe that Chavez deserves a good deal of credit for making the deal happen as well. He wanted to return to the Yankees as much as they wanted him to return. And while $900K isn’t chump change, it is a $600K pay cut from his salary last year, when he proved just how valuable he was off the bench by posting a line of .263/.320/.356 in 58 games (mostly while A-Rod was injured).
Overall, this week has pretty much been the icing on the cake of the Yankees’ offseason. The Ibanez and Chavez signings didn’t have nearly the pomp and excitement that the Michael Pineda/Jesus Montero trade had, but they should prove to be valuable additions to round out the Yankees depth. I, for one, am looking forward to good things this season.