Confirming a report out of the Dominican Republic, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says the Orioles have signed Endy Chavez to a one-year deal.
No word yet on the terms, but the deal shouldn’t be worth much more than $1 million.
Chavez, who turns 34 in February, hit .301/.323/.426 in 256 at-bats for the Rangers after being called up from Truple-A last May. It probably qualified as the second best season of his career. He hit .306/.348/.431 in 353 at-bats for the Mets in 2006, but he’s struggled to stay in the majors in the five years since.
Chavez will replace Felix Pie as a left-handed-hitting fourth outfielder for the Orioles. Since he remains a pretty good center fielder, he’s a decent use of a roster spot, even though he probably won’t hit so well again. Ideally, the Orioles won’t need to give him too much time in left field, though that could depend on how Nolan Reimold performs.
Following the Astros’ decisive 4-0 shutout over the Yankees on Saturday night, Justin Verlander was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series. Hall of Fame outfielder and former MLB manager Frank Robinson handed the award to Verlander, who was beaming as he thanked his teammates and members of the Astros’ organization.
“I’ve got to say, it came down to the wire, and one thing kept going off in my head was Dallas,” Verlander told the crowd gathered at Minute Maid Park. “When he called me, he said that I won’t regret my decision to join the Houston Astros. And here we are right now, it’s the best feeling in the world. We’ve got four more wins to win a World Series, and I do not regret my decision to come here. This is the best feeling a player can have. So, thank you.”
Among a cast that boasted the likes of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Dallas Keuchel, among others, Verlander was spectacular. He locked down a complete game win in Game 2, holding the Yankees to one run on five hits and a walk and striking out a postseason-high 13 batters. In Game 6, he saved the Astros from elimination with seven scoreless innings, helping propel the club to their eventual 7-1 finish that set up their series-clinching finale on Saturday.
The 34-year-old righty also took his place among some postseason greats. Thanks to an eight-strikeout outing on Friday night, his collective 136 postseason strikeouts are good for sixth-most in MLB playoff history, just a smidgen shy of Tom Glavine (143), Mike Mussina (145), Roger Clemens (173), Andy Pettitte (183) and John Smoltz (199). He also joined Bob Gibson, Curt Schilling and Sandy Koufax as one of just four hurlers to strike out 20+ Yankees in a postseason series.