01/20/11 1:23 PM EST
Third baseman Chavez works out for Dodgers
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Among club officials attending the workout were assistant general managers De Jon Watson and Logan White and batting coach Jeff Pentland. Chavez has already worked out for a handful of American League clubs that could also use Chavez as a designated hitter, among them Toronto, Seattle and the Yankees. The White Sox also are believed very interested.
The native Californian has been on the club's radar since the Winter Meetings, but the big issue is his health.
A six-time Gold Glove third baseman, Chavez is only 33 but coming off four years of injuries, primarily to his shoulder and back. He hasn't played more than 90 games in a season since 2006.
He has spent all 12 seasons of his Major League career with Oakland, having just finished up a six-year, $63 million contract. At one point, he was a legitimate left-handed-hitting run producer, with four seasons of 100-plus RBIs and four seasons of at least 29 home runs to go with a .267 lifetime average.
If the Dodgers are impressed, they would be looking at Chavez as a backup or platoon-mate with Casey Blake at third base and a power left-handed bat off the bench. They would likely offer him an incentive-filled Minor League contract, as their 40-man roster if full.
Scott Leventhal, Chavez's agent, declined to comment.
Chavez played only 33 games last season, hitting .234 with one home run and 10 RBIs.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.