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Sullivan: Rangers sign Endy Chavez

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Per T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal.

An interesting signing of a guy who wasn't on any of our radar screens, I don't think.  Chavez was the Mariners' Opening Day left fielder last year, didn't really hit well, but fielded well, which is pretty consistent with his career path...he's a guy who is considered well above-average at all three outfield positions, and who can't hit well enough to hold down a regular job, sporting a career 679 OPS and .300 wOBA.

As a well above average defensive outfielder who can run, he'd appear to be a great fit for the 25th man job on the roster, except that he's a lefty.  I suspect that he'll get a look in spring training for a bench job, though, and will be the primary option in centerfield during the season if Julio Borbon misses extended time or if he falls on his face.

UPDATE -- Per ESPNDallas.com (there's no byline on this), Chavez is not expected to be ready for the start of the season, as he's recovering from ACL surgery.