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Royals sign Endy Chavez to a minor league deal

Former Royals outfielder returns in the grand tradition of Michael Tucker, Jeff Conine, and Brent Mayne.

Rick Yeatts

The Royals have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal, according to Twitter (h/t CompmanJX3).

Chavez will be 35 in February, and hit just .203/.236/.278 in 169 plate appearances with Baltimore. Chavez, originally signed by the New York Mets out of Venezuela, made his MLB debut with the Royals in 2001 after being acquired in a trade for Michael Curry. Chavez has never been much with the bat, posting a lifetime OPS of .676, but has long been lauded as a plus defender, and is known for one of the best catches in NLCS history. As recently as 2011, Chavez was a 1.5 WAR player due to his glove.

Chavez presumably will be used as depth and will compete for a spot on the roster as a fifth outfielder with David Lough, Wily Taveras, and Xavier Nady. Most likely he will spend much of the season in Omaha.