Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/5/12
NASHVILLE While blockbuster rumors swirled, the Diamondbacks tidied up their bench and catching situations Wednesday, signing free agent veterans Eric Chavez and Wil Nieves to fill reserve roles at third base and catcher.Chavez, who would figure to get most of his at-bats against right-handers while spelling Chris Johnson at third, signed a one-year, 3 million contract. He hit 16 home runs in 278 at-bats for the New York Yankees last season, getting pretty much regular time at the end of the season while Alex Rodriguez recovered from his hip injury. Chavez hit .298 against right-handers last season, with all 16 of his homers coming against them. He is a career .280 hitter against righties. The Yankees were said to be interested in re-signing Chavez, but at a lesser price. Chavez, who turns 35 on Thursday, won six consecutive AL Gold Gloves with Oakland starting in 2001 before being slowed by a back injury that limited him to 154 games between 2007-10. It is a testament to his chara...
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