While the main focus of the Arizona Diamondbacks right now has been signing a free agent starting pitcher, there has been virtually no movement on finding a backup corner infielder. The team has made an offer to Eric Chavez according to Kevin Towers but the GM stated that Chavvy’s preference was to go to a contender. So if we don’t see Chavy back in Phoenix in 2014, what are the D’back options to spell Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado?
If you look at the list of free agents, none of the options represent an upgrade or even a player comparable to Chavez. No one out there has his combination of hitting and defense plus he swings from the left side. Kevin Youkilis might be the closest to Chavez in terms of skill level but he is coming off surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. Plus, it is another right handed bat on a team in need for some balance. Wilson Betemit is not a bad option providing he is all the way back from his knee injury. Placido Polanco always seems to find himself on winning teams. All three are solid players, ideal to back up both first and third but are any of them better than Chavvy? Other notable names include Casey Kotchman, Ryan Langerhans, Chris Nelson, Jamey Carroll as well as former D’backs Eric Hinske, Lyle Overbay and Cody Ransom.
The D’backs are taking steps to make themselves legitimate playoff contenders. Eric Chavez needs to come along for the ride.