Found August 10, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
The Thursday Takeaway The National Basketball Association annually honors its best bench player with the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Major League Baseball doesn’t have an analogous accolade, but if it were to start giving one out this year, the trophy might as well be named after Eric Chavez. Once an elite defensive third baseman with 30-homer power, Chavez’s career was derailed by chronic back injuries, and he seemed all but certain to hang up his cleats after a .234/.276/.333 go-around with the Athletics in 2010. But the Yankees called with a minor-league offer the following February, and—despite a .263/.320/.356 showing in 58 games last season—brought him back on a one-year, $900,000 deal for 2012. Now, the 34-year-old Chavez is making general manager Brian Cashman look like a genius. Two days ago, Buster Olney tweeted: “One thing has become clear during NYY’s slide: While Alex Rodriguez isn’t what he was, he’s still an important part of their lineup.” Indeed, the Y...
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