Orioles sign OF Endy Chavez to one-year deal

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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.

MLB calls umpire union statement about Manny Machado discipline “inappropriate”

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Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.

This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:

“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline.  Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires.  We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”

That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.