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Eric Chavez joins the Yankees as special assignment scout

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Eric Chavez #12 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 1, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 5-2. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Eric Chavez announced his retirement last month after 17 seasons in the majors, but he’s staying in baseball: Jon Heyman of reports that Chavez has joined the Yankees as a special assignment scout.

Chavez played for the Yankees in 2011 and 2012, hitting .274 with a .783 OPS in a part-time role.

After emerging as one of the best all-around third basemen in baseball early in his career injuries derailed Chavez, but he settled in as a solid role player and was an above-average hitter into his mid-30s.

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