Mariners sign outfielder Endy Chavez to minors deal

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez.

Chavez was released by the Royals on Friday after hitting just .188 with zero extra-base hits in 33 spring plate appearances. The 35-year-old is likely to open the 2013 season at Triple-A Tacoma, where he will act as organizational outfield depth for Seattle.

Chavez batted .273/.328/.342 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 54 games with the Mariners in 2009.

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UPDATE, 12:49 PM ET: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times confirms that it’s a minor league contract.