SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the 2012 season ended, infielder Eric Chavez knew it was time for his stint with the Yankees to do the same. There were multiple reasons, but chiefly, he wanted to get closer to his home in Scottsdale.
In that sense, there couldn't have been a much better fit than the Diamondbacks, who were interested in signing the veteran of 15 major league seasons. But the more time the ink on Chavez's one-year deal has had to dry, the better the fit has looked.
"After I signed here, (general manager) Kevin Towers went and signed (Brandon) McCarthy and signed (Cody) Ross, then he made the trade for (Martin) Prado," Chavez said. "You start looking at the makeup of the team, and you know, it's definitely a team where we feel we're going to be really competitive and a fun team to watch.
"Location was a big part of it when I first came here, but it slowly evolved into 'Hey, this is actually a team that is going to be a great fit for...