It's official: Chavez a Yankee again

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Eric Chavez has been in Yankees camp a couple of days now, was given his old locker between Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones, has his old number (12) on his back and has been taking his regular turn in the batting cage with the other Yankees.

But it was only this afternoon -- 3:17 p.m., to be precise -- that the Yankees finally, officially, announced the deal: Chavez is a Yankee again. His role remains the same as last year -- back up Alex Rodriguez at third and Mark Teixeira at first and occasionally spell Raul Ibanez as the left-handed DH. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, they outrighted Chris Dickerson to their Triple A affilliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

The particulars: Chavez gets a $900,000, one-year contract that could add $3.05 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Chavez gets $50,000 for 75 plate appearances, $100,000 each for 100 and 150, $200,000 apiece for 200 and 250, $300,000 each for 300 and 350, $400,000 apiece for 400 and 450 and $500,000 each for 500 and 550.