A's Chavez Nearing Retirement?

May 8, 2010: Oakland Athletics designated hitter Eric Chavez in action during the game between the Oakland A's and the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland CA. The A's won the game 4-2. Damon Tarver/Cal Sport Media.

Time to hang it up? A's DH/IF Eric Chavez is reportedly pondering retirement. (Photo: Courtesy of Yardbarker.com)

While it wouldn’t come as a surprise, Eric Chavez is pondering whether or not he should retire from the game he loves. Chavez, who is the longest-tenured player in Oakland history, is in his last year of the six-year deal he signed back in 2004. The A’s certainly will not pick up the $12.5 million option after this season, especially given Chavez’s recent struggles with injury. Chavez played in 121 games from 2007-2009, and just 33 this season. Primarily a DH this year, Chavez hit a measly .234/.276/.333 with one homer and 10 RBIs. Although, in the month of May, Chavez managed to hit for a slightly better line of .256/.277/.372.

The A’s six-time Gold Glove third-baseman was expected to resume baseball activities later this month, with a September return possible. But, with the recent rumors swirling around Chavez lately, it’s hard to imagine the once-feared slugger to make much of an impact if he does return. Most fans in Oakland would like for Chavez to retire, but that’s not for them to decide. It’s up to Chavez, who is a fierce competitor, and (if) when he decides to retire, it’ll be a sad day in Oakland. In his 12 years of service, Chavez has hit .267/.343/.478 with 230 home runs and 787 RBIs.

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