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.

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

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The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”