In a feel-good rumor, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have been in contact with Endy Chavez. Let’s take a look at exactly how he’d hit on the 2012 Mets.
1. Can this player help the Mets? Absolutely. The Mets suffered last season from a strong backup outfielder to provide plus defense at all three positions. And with Jason Pridie now a member of the Athletics, a backup center fielder is needed more than ever. Chavez also hit .301/.323/.426 in 274 plate appearances, supporting his strong defense with a solid helping of offense. He’s not a regular, especially at this point in his career. But he’ll be a fine fourth outfielder.
2. What kind of contract can he expect? Returning from a dififcult knee injury that cost him most of the 2009 and all of the 2010 seasons, Chavez was a non-roster invitee for Texas last season. He’s probably in line to receive a one-year deal at less than $1 million in 2012, based on his production last year.
3. Can the Mets afford him in 2012? It is safe to assume that the Mets can afford Endy Chavez at this point.
4. What is the maximum amount the Mets should offer him? I’d probably go as high as $1 million guaranteed to bring him in. Frankly, plus defensive center fielders are at a premium, starter or backup.
5. What are the chances I think he is a Met in 2012? Pretty good, actually. Here’s a chance to please the fans and help the team without spending a lot of money. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.