(PHOENIX) — After testing the free agent market, third baseman Eric Chavez has decided to return to Arizona. According to ESPN, Chavez and the Diamondbacks have agreed one a one-year deal.
At 36 years old and suffering various injuries during his 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, Chavez’ days as a full-time player are over, but he still provides a great bat off the bench.
Chavez had always hoped to remain with the team, and the interest was mutual.
“They know I like it here,” Chavez told the Arizona Republic back in September. “This is my home, my kids are here, spring training’s five minutes from my house. It’s a given that I would want to come back.”
In his first season in the National League, Chavez’ 44 RBIs were the fourth-most on the team despite playing in just 80 games. He also hit .281 with nine home runs.
Chavez is a former six-time Gold Glove winner during his 13 seasons with the Oakland Athletics. He also won a Silver Slugger Award back in 2002.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com