Just hours after the Seattle Mariners released him, Endy Chavez signed a minor league deal to remain with the organization.
Tuesday was the deadline for clubs to offer a $100,000 retention bonus to six-year veterans, thus placing them on the 40-man roster. If that had happened, Chavez, having at least six years of major league experience, would have been able to decline being optioned to the minors.
Chavez hit .267 with 10 doubles, 2 HR and 14 RBI in 97 games for Seattle last year. He was competing for the final outfield spot on the Mariners 25-man roster this spring, but instead now has agreed to a Triple-A contract and will begin the season again down in Tacoma.
That leaves five outfielders in Seattle’s Major League camp – Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, Michael Saunders, Corey Hart and Stefen Romero. Unless the Mariners make any trades prior to Opening Day, it appears that those will be the five Seattle takes with them on the final 25-man roster.