IF | 6'1", 215 lbs. | Retired
Birth Date:December 7, 1977 (36 years old) Place of Birth:Los Angeles, CA Hometown:Mount Carmel, CA
Drafted:Drafted by Oakland in 1996 (1st round).
Drafted:Drafted by Oakland in 1996 (1st round).
|Assets:||Possessed a smooth left-handed swing with some power and patience. Was capable of using all fields and drove the ball to the gaps. Was an excellent fielder at third base, pre-injuries.|
|Flaws:||Major injuries sapped him of his durability, consistency and mobility in the field and on the bases. Could no longer play a great third base due to major back woes, which cut his prime years short.|
|Career Potential:||Oft-injured but quality corner infielder.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||Rawlings Gold Glove Award||2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001|
|Minor League Baseball||Player of the Year||1998|
|Southern League (AA)||All-Star Team||1998|
|Double-A||Player of the Year||1998|
|California League (A)||All-Star Team||1997|
Movements & Injuries
|7/30/2014||Missed 42 games (sprained left knee).|
|7/30/2014||Announced his retirement.|
|6/29/2014||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (sprained left knee).|
|6/09/2014||Sprained left knee, 15-day DL.|
|12/18/2013||Re-signed as a free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks to a one-year contract.|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|8/26/2013||Missed 15 games (left knee injury).|
|8/11/2013||Left knee injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 10th, 2013).|
|7/19/2013||Missed 1 game (hip injury).|
|7/14/2013||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|7/13/2013||Missed 4 games (hip injury).|
|7/09/2013||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|6/28/2013||Missed 25 games (strained right oblique muscle).|
|5/31/2013||Strained right oblique muscle, 15-day DL.|
|4/06/2013||Missed 1 game (bruised right hand).|
|4/05/2013||Bruised right hand, day-to-day.|
|12/05/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks to a one-year contract.|
|10/29/2012||Filed for free agency.|
|8/13/2012||Missed 3 games (back injury).|
|8/10/2012||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|5/11/2012||Missed 7 games (concussion).|
|5/03/2012||Concussion, 7-day DL.|
|2/23/2012||Re-signed by the New York Yankees to a one-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|7/26/2011||Missed 71 games (broken left foot).|
|6/08/2011||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (broken left foot).|
|5/06/2011||Broken left foot, 15-day DL.|
|3/28/2011||Contract purchased from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|2/04/2011||Signed by the New York Yankees to a minor league contract.|
|11/03/2010||Oakland Athletics declined their contract option for the 2011 season.|
|7/07/2010||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (neck injury).|
|5/22/2010||Neck injury, early September (retroactive to May 21st, 2010).|
|10/04/2009||Missed the last 146 games of the regular season (herniated disk).|
|5/19/2009||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (herniated disk).|
|5/01/2009||Forearm injury, early September.|
|4/26/2009||Strained right elbow, day-to-day.|
|4/19/2009||Missed 5 games (neck injury).|
|4/13/2009||Neck injury, day-to-day.|
|8/06/2008||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (right shoulder inflammation).|
|7/02/2008||Right shoulder inflammation, 15-day DL.|
|6/30/2008||Missed 1 game (right shoulder injury).|
|6/29/2008||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|5/29/2008||Missed 53 games (back surgery).|
|4/24/2008||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (back surgery).|
|3/24/2008||Back surgery, 15-day DL (retroactive to March 19).|
|10/01/2007||Missed the last 60 games of the regular season (back injury).|
|9/01/2007||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (back injury).|
|8/03/2007||Back injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to July 27th)..|
|7/28/2007||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|7/21/2007||Missed 4 games (back injury).|
|7/16/2007||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|7/07/2007||Missed 2 games (back injury).|
|7/05/2007||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|6/18/2007||Missed 2 games (ribcage injury).|
|6/17/2007||Ribcage injury, day-to-day.|
|5/26/2007||Triceps injury, 15-day DL.|
|5/23/2007||Tricep injury, day-to-day.|
|9/22/2006||Missed 2 games (hamstring).|
|7/24/2006||Missed 1 game (forearm injury).|
|7/23/2006||Forearm injury, day-to-day.|
|7/17/2006||Missed 4 games (forearm injury).|
|7/13/2006||Forearm injury, day-to-day.|
|7/06/2006||Missed 1 game (forearm injury).|
|7/05/2006||Forearm injury, day-to-day.|
|7/03/2006||Missed 3 games (forearm injury).|
|6/30/2006||Forearm injury, day-to-day.|
|5/13/2006||Missed 3 games (stomach ailment).|
|5/10/2006||Stomach ailment, day-to-day.|
|8/17/2004||Missed 2 games (back injury).|
|8/15/2004||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|7/09/2004||Missed 33 games (broken right hand).|
|6/02/2004||Broken right hand, 15-day DL.|
|3/18/2004||Re-signed by the Oakland Athletics to a six-year contract extension.|
|7/04/2003||Missed 1 game (bruised foot).|
|7/03/2003||Bruised foot, day-to-day.|
|5/14/2003||Missed 2 games (ankle injury).|
|5/11/2003||Wrist injury, day-to-day.|
|4/23/2003||Missed 1 game (shoulder injury).|
|4/22/2003||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|5/22/2002||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|4/20/2002||Missed 2 games (back injury).|
|4/18/2002||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|4/07/2002||Missed 3 games (back injury).|
|4/04/2002||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|7/19/2001||Missed 4 games (left thumb injury).|
|7/15/2001||Left thumb injury, day-to-day.|
|6/05/2001||Missed 4 games (heel injury).|
|5/31/2001||Heel injury, day-to-day.|
|12/05/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks.|
|2/04/2011||Signed by the New York Yankees to a minor league contract.|
|6/02/1996||Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round in 1996.|
Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez has retired, according to cbssports.com. | 07/30/2014 4:13 PM
NewsDiamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez has retired, according to cbssports.com.
ImpactChavez won six straight Gold Gloves and hit 25 or more home runs six times in his first eight seasons, but injuries limited him to 154 games from 2007-10 and he became a part-time player for the Yankes and Diamondbacks after that. He'll finish with a .268 career average, 260 home runs and an .818 OPS.
Eric Chavez moved to 60-day DL | 06/29/2014 1:02 PM
NewsDiamondbacks transferred 3B Eric Chavez from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
ImpactThe move clears room on the 40-man roster for Nick Ahmed. Chavez,who is dealing with a sprained left knee, now won't be eligible to return until August.
Eric Chavez (knee) placed on disabled list | 06/09/2014 7:04 PM
NewsDiamondbacks placed 3B Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.
ImpactChavez has been playing through the injury all season but had finally had enough. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.
Chavez (knee) expected to be placed on DL | 06/09/2014 5:56 PM
NewsEric Chavez (knee) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Jack Magruder on Twitter
ImpactChavez has been dealing with a left knee injury all season, so it's not a big surprise. The Diamondbacks have yet to make an official announcement on a move, but Will Harris has joined the team.
Eric Chavez's knee remains an issue | 06/08/2014 2:25 PM
NewsEric Chavez has been dealing with a left knee injury all season.
Jody Jackson on Twitter
ImpactChavez felt something in the knee pop the day before the Diamondbacks' trip to Australia, and he's yet to experience any improvement. The ailment helps to explain why he's seen so little time at third base (with Martin Prado moving to left field) following Mark Trumbo's (foot) injury. The D'Backs will have a discussion with Chavez after Sunday's game to determine what to do next.
Chavez dealing with knee issues | 05/22/2014 5:53 PM
NewsEric Chavez is currently dealing with knee issues.
Nick Piecoro on Twitter
ImpactAs a result, Chavez has only logged six at-bats over the past 11 days. The hope is that he'll be able to make a start at third base in the next week or so.
Chavez delivers RBI double in loss Sunday | 04/20/2014 8:37 PM
NewsEric Chavez had an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.
ImpactGetting a rare start, Chavez brought in the Diamondbacks' only run of the game with the double. The team mustered just three hits in the loss. The 36-year-old is hitting .217/.250/.522 with three RBI in a part-time role this season.
Eric Chavez homers against the Cubs | 02/27/2014 5:50 PM
NewsEric Chavez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run against the Cubs on Thursday.
ImpactChavez, 36, is hoping to make the roster as a back-up corner infielder. He would be second-in-command behind Martin Prado at third and Paul Goldschmidt at first. Chavez has been productive over the last two seasons, posting an .829 OPS almost exclusively against right-handed pitching.
Eric Chavez's deal becomes official | 12/20/2013 2:20 PM
NewsDiamondbacks re-signed INF Eric Chavez to a one-year contract.
ImpactThere's no word on the financials of the deal. Chavez has revitalized his career over the past two seasons batting .281/.341/.488 with 25 homers in 567 plate appearances. It's not a great spot for him, as he'll be a backup at third and first base, but Chavez preferred to stay close to his Phoenix home.
Report: Chavez re-signs with Diamondbacks | 12/18/2013 3:12 PM
NewsEric Chavez has re-signed with the Diamondbacks, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactThe 36-year-old, given up for dead years ago, has revitalized his career over the past two seasons with the Diamondbacks and Yankees. Since 2012, he's slashed 281/.341/.488 with 25 homers in 567 plate appearances. Chavez attracted league-wide interest on the open market, but he preferred to stay close to his Phoenix home. He'll back up both corner infield spots in 2014.
D'Backs make re-signing Chavez a 'priority' | 12/16/2013 10:45 AM
NewsMLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says re-signing Eric Chavez has "become a priority" for the Diamondbacks.
Jesse Sancez on Twitter
ImpactBut the veteran infielder is also drawing interest from several other clubs -- including the Rangers, Yankees, Marlins and Rays -- so it might take more than Arizona is willing to give. Chavez hit .281/.332/.478 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 80 games this past season for the Diamondbacks. He turned 36 years old on December 7.
Marlins interested in Eric Chavez | 12/10/2013 10:41 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are interested in Eric Chavez.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactThey join seven other clubs in pursuit of the third baseman. The bad news for the Marlins is that Chavez is looking to join a contender, and the Fish probably can't top other offers, anyway. The Rangers, Rays, Pirates, Yankees, Nationals, Diamondbacks and Braves are also interested in Chavez.
Report: Seven teams interested in Eric Chavez | 12/10/2013 1:23 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Rangers, Rays, Pirates, Yankees, Nationals, Diamondbacks and Braves are among the teams who have expressed interest in Eric Chavez.
ImpactA return to New York could be complicated by the team's recent addition of Kelly Johnson. Chavez earned $3 million this past season with the Diamondbacks while hitting .281/.332/.478 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 80 games. The high level of interest in a weak market for corner infielders should net him a nice contract.
GM Towers 'ok' waiting on Chavez to decide | 12/09/2013 7:39 PM
NewsDiamondbacks GM Kevin Towers "sounds OK" waiting on free agent third baseman Eric Chavez to decide where he wants to play, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.
Nick Piecoro on Twitter
ImpactChavez signed a one-year, $3 million contract with Arizona last winter and went on to hit .281/.332/.478 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 80 games. Those numbers have ensured multiple suitors this winter, but Chavez most wants to win, according to Towers, and is monitoring Arizona's off-season moves.
Yankees, Angels and D'Backs in on Chavez | 11/11/2013 11:43 AM
NewsAccording to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Angels and Diamondbacks are pursuing Eric Chavez.
ImpactChavez signed a one-year, $3 million contract with Arizona last winter and went on to hit .281/.332/.478 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 80 games. His durability remains a question mark, but the veteran infielder might be able to land a multi-year deal this time around.
Eric Chavez activated from disabled list | 08/26/2013 6:29 PM
NewsDiamondbacks activated 3B Eric Chavez from the 15-day disabled list.
ImpactChavez has dealt with knee and hip issues dating back before the All-Star break, but he's finally ready to give it a go. He's batted .299/.343/.526 this season and will play third base pretty regularly against right-handed pitching.
Eric Chavez (hip) begins rehab assignment | 08/24/2013 9:00 AM
NewsEric Chavez (knee, hip) has been cleared for a rehab assignment.
ImpactChavez is currently with the Diamondbacks' rookie-league affiliate and will likely only need a few games before being activated. He's eligible to return from the DL on Sunday and should rejoin the team for their upcoming homestand next week.
Eric Chavez expected back on August 25 | 08/13/2013 12:02 AM
NewsEric Chavez (knee, hip) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on August 25, the first day he's eligible.
ImpactChavez went on the DL with a sore left knee, but he's been dealing with hip stiffness for over a month. "We'll plan on 15 days and hope that's all it takes," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's getting better."
Eric Chavez placed on disabled list | 08/11/2013 2:19 PM
NewsDiamondbacks placed 3B Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 10, with hip and knee injuries.
ImpactThe exact nature of his injuries isn't known, but he's dealt with hip stiffness over the last month. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Matt Davidson has been recalled to help out at third base.
Chavez blasts ninth homer in win over Rays | 07/31/2013 11:24 PM
NewsEric Chavez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against the Rays on Wednesday.
ImpactChavez got the start at DH in the interleague tilt and responded, taking Jeremy Hellickson deep for a two-run homer in the third inning. It was his ninth home run in 174 at-bats this year, and he's been getting more playing time at third base in recent weeks due to his hot bat. The 35-year-old is hitting .305/.353/.546 this season but isn't a mixed league option barring injury to one of the D'backs regulars.
Chavez goes 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI | 07/24/2013 1:29 AM
NewsEric Chavez went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's blowout win against the Cubs.
ImpactChavez said Saturday that his right hip stiffness is feeling better, and he showed it in legging out his second three-bagger of the season. Prior to this evening, the veteran third baseman hadn't started a game since July 8 due to the ailment. Chavez has been a productive fantasy provider when healthy, batting .303 with seven homers and 32 RBI over 152 at-bats.
Eric Chavez (hip) feeling much better | 07/21/2013 9:07 AM
NewsEric Chavez said Saturday that his right hip stiffness is feeling much better.
ImpactChavez hasn't started a game since July 8 due to the ailment, but it sounds like he'll be back in the lineup soon. "I feel about as close to 100 percent as I'm going to feel," he said.
Eric Chavez appears as pinch-hitter | 07/14/2013 8:22 AM
NewsEric Chavez drew a bases-loaded walk as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Saturday.
ImpactChavez hadn't played since Monday due to right hip stiffness. It's not clear if he'll be available to start Sunday, but he should be ready to roll after the All-Star break.
Eric Chavez scratched with stiff hip | 07/09/2013 8:22 PM
NewsEric Chavez was scratched from the Diamondbacks' lineup with right hip stiffness.
Steve Gilbert on Twitter
ImpactIt doesn't appear to be a major concern, but with Chavez, you never know. The D'Backs moved Martin Prado to third base, while Jason Kubel entered the lineup in left field.
D'Backs activate Eric Chavez from DL | 06/28/2013 5:42 PM
NewsDiamondbacks activated INF Eric Chavez from the 15-day disabled list.
ImpactEric Hinske was designated for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster. Chavez has been sidelined since May 30 with a strained right oblique and returns to a .325/.368/.588 batting line in 38 games this season. He should be an active member of Kirk Gibson's bench.
Chavez (oblique) to be activated Friday | 06/28/2013 4:57 PM
NewsEric Chavez (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list Friday.
Nick Piecoro on Twitter
ImpactChavez, out since May 30 with a strained right oblique, went 2-for-8 with two walks in three rehab games with Triple-A Reno. No word yet on what the corresponding roster move, but the Diamondbacks are considering placing Willie Bloomquist (hand) on the disabled list.
Eric Chavez not quite ready yet | 06/28/2013 8:32 AM
NewsDiamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said it "might be a stretch" for Eric Chavez (oblique) to be ready for activation over the weekend.
ImpactChavez is slated to play in his fourth rehab game at Triple-A Reno on Friday. The D'Backs might have to play Willie Bloomquist (hand) on the DL, but it sounds like Chavez probably wouldn't be the guy to replace him on the roster. He should be back soon, though.
Eric Chavez nearing rehab assignment | 06/19/2013 6:25 PM
NewsEric Chavez (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as next week.
Impact"Everything has been good -- hitting, running, throwing," Chavez said. "I didn't know really what to expect, but [it's] gone really good." Chavez has already missed three weeks of action and doesn't figure to be activated until the tail end of June, at the earliest.
Eric Chavez to start swinging Saturday | 06/14/2013 9:04 AM
NewsEric Chavez (oblique) will start swinging a bat on Saturday.
ImpactDiamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Chavez has been "getting much better" of late. Out since late May, he seems likely to require a brief rehab assignment before returning, which should come later this month.
Eric Chavez placed on disabled list | 05/31/2013 11:02 AM
NewsDiamondbacks placed 3B Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
ImpactChavez suffered the injury during Thursday's game. Oblique strains usually keep players out at least three weeks, and, given Chavez's injury history, it's possible he'll be sidelined longer than that.
Eric Chavez diagnosed with strained oblique | 05/30/2013 4:17 PM
NewsEric Chavez was diagnosed with a strained right oblique.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
ImpactChavez suffered the injury on a swing during his first plate appearance Thursday. These type of injuries tend to linger, so he'll almost certainly require a stint on the disabled list. The Diamondbacks are likely to go with Martin Prado at third base and Cliff Pennington at second base for now.
Eric Chavez leaves game with apparent injury | 05/30/2013 2:18 PM
NewsEric Chavez left Thursday's game with an apparent injury.
Nick Piecoro on Twitter
ImpactChavez was injured on a swing during his first plate appearance and had to be taken out of the game. The extent of the injury isn't yet known, but he was shown grabbing at his side and might be dealing with an oblique strain. The Diamondbacks should provide an update on his status soon.
Eric Chavez leads D'backs with 3 RBI in win | 05/15/2013 6:58 PM
NewsEric Chavez delivered an RBI single and a two-run double in the Diamondbacks' 5-3 victory over the Braves on Wednesday.
ImpactBoth hits came off old A's teammate Tim Hudson. Playing more than anticipated with Aaron Hill sidelined, Chavez is batting .301 with four homers and 16 RBI in 85 at-bats, which is one reason the Diamondbacks are off to a nice start at 23-18.
Eric Chavez steals first base since 2007 | 05/08/2013 1:47 AM
NewsEric Chavez went 2-for-4 with a double and stole his first base since 2007 against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
ImpactChavez swiped 47 bases during his first 10 big-league seasons, but he hadn't so much as attempted a steal in six years. So, he must be feeling pretty good this season. It's shows in his performance, what with him hitting .275 with four homers in 69 at-bats. We didn't agree with many of Kevin Towers' offseason moves, but his pickup of Chavez for $3 million was a very good one.
Eric Chavez cranks solo homer | 04/23/2013 12:59 AM
NewsEric Chavez cranked a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Giants.
ImpactChavez's sixth inning blast off of Ryan Vogelsong in the sixth inning gave the D'Backs a two-run buffer at the time, but the Snakes' bullpen was unable to hold the lead. The veteran infielder is playing regularly since Aaron Hill's injury and has batted .225 with a couple homers and seven RBI this month.
Eric Chavez leaves after HBP | 04/04/2013 2:27 AM
NewsEric Chaves was replaced in the 13th inning Wednesday after getting hit in the hand by a pitch in the 12th.
ImpactChavez stayed in to run, but the Diamondbacks replaced him with Josh Wilson on defense, something they wouldn't have done had the hand not been bothering him. Hopefully, he's just day-to-day.
|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||5||2 times-last: at ChA||last: May 11||6|
|Runs||1||6 times-last: at Col||last: Jun 5||2|
|Hits||3||at Mil||May 7||4|
|Doubles||1||3 times-last: at NYN||last: May 25||2|
|Triples||1||at SF||Apr 9||1|
|Home Runs||1||3 times-last: vs. LA||last: May 18||1|
|Total Bases||6||vs. LA||Apr 13||7|
|Extra-Base Hits||2||vs. LA||Apr 13||2|
|Runs Batted In||2||vs. LA||May 18||3|
|Base on Balls||1||11 times-last: vs. Atl||last: Jun 8||2|
|Times on Base||4||at Mil||May 7||4|
|Stolen Bases||1||2 times-last: at Col||last: Jun 4||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||625||2005 (Oak)|
|Home Runs||34||2002 (Oak)|
|Total Bases||302||2003 (Oak)|
|Extra-Base Hits||75||2001 (Oak)|
|Runs Batted In||114||2001 (Oak)|
|Base on Balls||95||2004 (Oak)|
|Times on Base||229||2 times-last: 2004 (Oak)|
|Stolen Bases||8||3 times-last: 2003 (Oak)|
|Caught Stealing||3||3 times-last: 2004 (Oak)|
|Batting Average||.288||2001 (Oak)|
|On Base Percentage||.397||2004 (Oak)|
|Slugging Percentage||.540||2001 (Oak)|