Former A’s Star Chavez Inks Deal With Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says third baseman Eric Chavez and the New York Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Chavez won AL Gold Gloves with Oakland from 2001-06 and has spent all 13 of his major league seasons with the Athletics.

Injuries limited him to 33 games last year after he played in just 23 in 2008 and eight in 2009.

Chavez has had five operations since September 2007, including three on his shoulder and two on his back. He felt spasms on both sides of his neck last year after a spring training drill in which a minor leaguer collided with his right shoulder.

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