Along with the signing of RP Jim Hoey (which we knew about back on December 22nd), the minor league transaction maven Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweeted out the following news a couple of hours ago.
— Matt Eddy (@eddymk) January 2, 2013
Chavez is a career minor leaguer who was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Brewers back in 2001. He spent eight seasons in the Brewers’ system before signing as a minor league free agent with the Phillies org in 2009.
He has played in 865 games at SS, 203 at 2B, 34 at 3B and even one appearance at 1B back in 2006. Feels very much like how the Brewers viewed and used Edwin Maysonet for the last few seasons. Capable of filling in at more than one position defensively even though he won’t ever give you much at the plate. Chavez is a career .245/.306/.324 hitter in the minors.
Rene Tosoni, 26, is a former Futures Game MVP (2009, in St. Louis) and played in 60 games in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins in 2011. A career .203 hitter in the bigs, Tosoni played primarily left field in his time in Minnesota. The majority of his time in minor leagues was spent in right field but he does have experience all across the outfield.
Here is a video of Tosoni following the 2009 Futures Game:
Both of these signings are minor league depth moves. It wasn’t reported whether either player received an invitation to major league camp but we’ll keep our eyes open for word.
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