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Friday 20th Oct 2017

I see where the Marlins and Dodgers are interested in former Athletic third sacker, Eric Chavez.

Right now the Dodgers are looking at Casey Blake at third, while the Fish are looking at youngster Matt Dominguez since they want to move Chris Coghlan, so both teams are looking for depth – which Chavez gives them.

Too bad he cannot really play any longer.

Chavez was Oakland's first round selection in 1996, and by 1998 he was their starting third baseman. And Chavez was pretty effective through 2006, banging 212 home runs, including 151 from 2001 through 2005. I always thought Chavez would pick up a batting title somewhere along the way, though in reality his average never went over .288, in 2006 the numbers dropped to .241-22-72, and an OPS of .786, though the hints were there a year earlier when Chavez went .269-22-101 in 2005, the OPS that year was .794.

In 2007 the wheels fell off, and Chavez managed just 379 at-bats, going .240-15-46 over that stretch. Since then, 230 at-bats and .222-3-25 totals since.

Every year, after Chavez has had one or more surgeries, those of us in the Oakland press box guardedly hoped for success.

Last year, Oakland obtained Kevin Kouzmanoff rather than trust Chavez, who signed a seven-year deal in 2004, while Chavez and his back neck languished to the tune of $12.5 million.

I understand Chavy has impressed in his early-year tryouts with both teams.

And, all I can say is good luck. Been there. Done that.



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