Royals ring in the New Year inking Endy Chavez

by Matthew on December 31, 2012

In what could possibly be the last trade of the year in Major League Baseball, the Kansas City Royals signed Endy Chavez.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported the deal on Monday via Twitter, but no terms were immediately available.

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Chavez is the third veteran outfielder the Royals have signed this month.

The 34-year old rebounded nicely with the Rangers in 2011 after missing all of 2010, but then hit just .203 with two homers, 12 RBI, six doubles and three steals in just 169 plate appearances after  signing a one-year, $1.5MM deal for the Orioles last season.

Chavez however, can play all three outfield spots, and despite his age has speed.

Still, he will no doubt be used primary as depth behind outfielders Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jeff Francoeur, but probably came at very little cost, especially for a team that needs a veteran who has been in playoff races.

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