TAMPA — Eric Chavez has agreed to a one-year deal for $900,000 plus incentives to be a back-up infielder/designated hitter for the New York Yankees, officials with knowledge of the agreement confirmed Tuesday.
The deal is pending a physical.
With Raul Ibanez officially announced on Tuesday and now Chavez on board, the Yankees have completed their roster. Barring injury, Chavez will join Eduardo Nunez as the team’s backup infielders.
The Yankees like Chavez’s ability to spell Alex Rodriguez at third base when Rodriguez has a day off or takes a half-day as the team’s designated hitter. If Rodriguez were to end up on the disabled list, the Yankees have confidence in Chavez’s ability to play every day.
Chavez, 34, has a history of getting injured himself. The last time he played more than 100 games was 2006. Last year, he played 58 games for the Yankees, hitting .263 with two homers and 26 RBIs.