Chavez agrees to minor league deal with Rangers

Outfielder Endy Chavez has agreed to a minor league contract

with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to spring

training.

Chavez is recovering from knee surgery last July and is not

expected to be fully healthy for the start of the regular season.

He played 54 games for Seattle last year before tearing the ACL in

his right knee when he collided with shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt

when both were chasing a popup in short left field on June 19.

Monday’s deal gives the Rangers 15 non-roster players for spring

training.

Chavez batted .273 and stole nine bases last season. He has

played all three outfield spots in his nine major league seasons

with Kansas City, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, the New York

Mets and Seattle.