Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/5/12
The third base market continues to clear. Eric Chavez is now off the market, as the Diamondbacks signed the veteran to a one-year, $3 million deal Wednesday. As the contract suggests, Chavez is unlikely to be a full-time player in Arizona. However, given the myriad struggles the club experienced at third base last season, we can expect Chavez to play a significant role. He hit .281/.348/.496 last season with the Yankees and could form the meaty side of a platoon in Arizona — 273 of Chavez’s 313 plate appearances came against right-handed pitching, and he hit them for a sharp .299/.366/.545 (144 wRC+) line. Arizona third basemen posted just a .240/.293/.382 in 2012. Chavez’s bat hasn’t showed up like this since 2004, when he hit .276/.397/.501 with the Athletics and led the American League in walks with 95. Chavez managed just 803 plate appearances and a .239/.296/.390 line from 2007 to 2011. Injuries were a constant, and although he showed some power (.151 ISO), his walk rate dropped off
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