Some late news coming out tonight in the twittersphere.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted that veteran outfielder Endy Chavez has agreed to sign a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Per a baseball source, expect the Mariners to make an official announcement on Thursday. This will be Chavez’s third stint with the Mariners.
Obviously, this is another move for depth and possible insurance for injuries or inconsistent performance. Chavez is really nothing more than a fourth or fifth outfielder. This was supposed to be his role last season. But he ended up appearing in 97 games (59 starts) for the Mariners, hitting .267 (71-for-266) with 10 doubles, two homers and 14 RBI. It was his most game appearances in a season since 2008 – a sign of all the issues with the Mariners outfield last season.
Chavez, who turns 36 in February, was signed to a minor league contract just before spring training came to an end last season. He started the season in Triple A Tacoma and was recalled on April 11 when Michael Saunders was placed on the disabled list after injuring his shoulder while crashing into the wall.
Speaking of minor league contracts. Everyone’s favorite former Mariner – Chone Figgins – signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers with an invite to spring training. Figgins, who failed to make the Miami Marlins last spring and sat out all last season, is trying to make a comeback in baseball. He worked out for several teams a week ago and the Dodgers decided to take a chance.