Eric Chavez is serious about wanting to return for a 13th professional season.
The oft-injured infielder told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he has a workout with the Dodgers on January 20 and will hold private workouts with two American League clubs later this month.
Chavez played in only 33 games last season, only eight in 2009 and just 23 in 2008, but he has been working out five days a week in Arizona and is telling reporters that he feels “great” physically.
The 33-year-old would probably have to settle for a minor league contract with a spring training invite. He has expressed a desire to play in southern California, but he’ll likely go with the best opportunity that he can find.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.