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Cashman: Chavez will definitely play

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said today that Eric Chavez, who had been considering the idea of retirement, would "definitely'' play baseball again in 2012, although not necessarily for the Yankees.

"His agent (Scott Leventhal) left me a voice mail that said Chavez definitely intends to play,'' Cashman said. "He said, 'Call me, are you guys interested?'''

Cashman will make that call but it is not at all certain that Chavez -- who batted .263 with two home runs and 26 RBI as a bench player/fill-in third baseman but played in only 58 games due to a broken foot -- will be returning to the Bronx.

"Like anything else, it depends on our payroll, what he’s looking for, that kind of stuff,'' Cashman said. "But I loved everything about him. He was great in our clubhouse, he was good on the field obviously. He did a good job for us. Unfortunately he did get hurt. So we'll see.''