KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract for 2013. The Royals plan to announce the clubs Major League camp non-roster invitees at a later date.
Chavez, 34, is an 11-year Major League veteran. He made his debut in 2001 with Kansas City after the Royals selected him from the New York Mets organization in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft. The 6-foot resident of Valencia, Venezuela, is a career .269 hitter with 118 doubles, 32 triples, 26 home runs, 229 RBI, 341 runs and 100 stolen bases for the Royals (2001), Expos (2002-04), Nationals (2005), Phillies (2005), Mets (2006-08), Mariners (2009), Rangers (2011) and Orioles (2012). The left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder appeared in 64 regular season games with Baltimore last season, also playing in three Division Series games against the Yankees.