Eric Chavez being courted by Dodgers, two others

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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.

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: