Along with placing SS Chris Owings on the 15 day D.L, and calling up Nick Ahmed from Reno, the Diamondbacks also moved third basemen Eric Chavez from the 15 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list Sunday. The move allowed the Snakes to free up room for Ahmed on the 40 man roster.
Chavez has been dealing with a left knee injury all season and placed on the D.L back on June 8th. You have to wonder if age is finally catching up to Chavez. The 17 year veteran is hitting .246 with three home runs and eight RBI’s this season. He has started 10 games at third base, mainly coming off the bench as a pinch hitter. Chavez was a big contributor to the Dbacks last season when the team was dealing with injury issues. He was in the middle of the lineup and batted .281 while driving in 44, playing in 80 games.
According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Chavez has thought and is thinking right now about retirement. “It’s a possibility,” he said. “I’m never going to say never. For some reason I have this personal rule that when guys retire you’ve got to be away from the game for two years before you officially say you retired. Because there’s too many that come back.”
Chavez has had a great career. He is probably mostly known for his time in Oakland and for his defense. He is a six time gold glove award winner. In his career he has hit 260 HR and has driven in 902 with a career batting average of .268. Eric Chavez has never been an all star which is surprising.
If Chavez does decide to retire, we wish him the best as he transitions to the next phase of his life.