39-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Endy Chavez in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Endy Chavez Contract Information:
Released by the Mariners in March of 2015.
Chavez opted out of his deal and was released by the Mariners on Tuesday, ESPN 710 AM's Shannon Drayer reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Endy Chavez.
Chavez was called up in late May last season and got much more playing time than anticipated because of injuries in the outfield. The Mariners did their best to protect him from left-handers, and by summer he emerged as manager Lloyd McClendon's preferred option in right field against right-handed pitching. He fared well against righties – .305 with 15 extra-base hits in 203 at-bats – but lost his leadoff spot after the Mariners acquired Austin Jackson. The team brought Chavez back on a minor league deal with a spring training invite, but with Nelson Cruz now locked in as the starter in right field, Chavez will likely see his opportunities scaled back significantly.
The most surprising thing about Chavez's 2013 campaign with the Mariners was that he was kept on the roster all season. He was given some playing time early in the year because of injuries, but in the team's final 54 games, he logged just 23 plate appearances. He was probably just pleased to hang out in the dugout and collect a paycheck, as he had no future in Seattle, or so it was believed. Chavez re-signed with the Mariners on a minor league deal in January, and he'll compete for the final spot on the bench during spring training.
Chavez hit .444 in spring training, so the Orioles had confidence in him when Nolan Reimold was lost to injury in April. Things did not work out in the starting role, as Chavez got too aggressive and swung at 33.4 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, which led to poor contact and a .227 BABIP. Chavez is a defensive specialist and after Baltimore non-tendered him, he landed in Kansas City with a minor league deal in December.
Chavez spent the bulk of the season as a reserve outfielder for Texas, a role he's more than accustomed to at this point in his career. Skills wise, Chavez still makes contact at a good clip, but the .426 slugging percentage he delivered for the Rangers was his highest mark since his age-28 season with the Mets in 2006. Look for him to handle a similar role in Baltimore after signing a one-year deal with the Orioles in December.
Chavez got off to a nice run last season, playing excellent defense in left field, batting .289 through the first two months and stealing nine bases in 10 attempts. A mid-June ACL tear derailed his season, though, and eventually ended his playing days in Seattle. He'll show up somewhere in spring, probably as a fourth outfielder, but it remains to be seen how much his surgically-repaired knee will impact his game.
Chavez saw minimal action in April and May while Angel Pagan was hot, but when Pagan got hurt and Moises Alou was out, he exploded for six weeks into early July. Chavez was once again exposed from too much playing time, and that paired with the fine play of Fernando Tatis and Daniel Murphy, limited him to 26 at-bats in August and September. Chavez was dealt to Seattle as part of the three-way deal that netted the Mets J.J. Putz in December. There, he'll likely be the Mariners' fourth outfielder -- perhaps in a platoon situation -- as Seattle transitions to younger players.
Chavez missed almost three months due to a strained left hamstring. Prior to getting injured, Chavez had been filling in for an injured Moises Alou in left field, a role he is expected to repeat this year while also seeing some time in right and as a pinch-hitter. His solid defense also could net home some at-bats late in games where he comes in as a defensive replacement.
Chavez, an offseason signee, was a godsend in the Mets outfield, filling in for the several injured outfielders to enjoy a solid season across the board. His ability to go the other way, something he failed to do in the past, and solid defense afforded him the extra playing time, which he took advantage off to become the team's fourth outfielder. He'll revise that role again with some upside if Moises Alou gets hurt.
Chavez crashed down to earth in 2005 after stealing 31 bases as a regular the year before. He was traded from Washington to Philadelphia and didn't hit at either stop, eventually becoming a forgotten man on the bench. Chavez is a slap hitter who needs to hit for average and run to have any value. He may have to return to Triple-A to regain some momentum, but he'll try to win a reserve outfield job with the Mets this spring.
Maybe if he'd been born a Goodwin instead of a Chavez the Expos wouldn't have been able to trick themselves into thinking he was a viable major league center fielder. He's certainly got the glove and the wheels for the job, but doesn't possess anything close to the bat.
He plays a sweet center field, but Chavez was an offensive black hole in 2003, including a .242/.278/.317 line on the road. On any other club, he'd be a defensive sub and fifth outfielder -- on the 2004 Expos, who knows?
After the more highly touted prospects fell by the wayside, and the defensive limitations of Jose Macias and Brad Wilkerson became evident, Chavez emerged as the default option in centerfield. He won't embarrass himself in the field, and he did hit .343 in Triple-A last year, but if he gets 500 at bats something is very wrong in Montreal/San Juan/parts unknown.