He will be on the staff of short-season Class A Brooklyn which begins play in June. He will also be in Port St. Lucie working with players from the minor leagues.
Chavez, 41, returns to the Mets after spending five years in the American League, playing for Seattle, Texas, and Baltimore. His last year in the major leagues was in 2014 for the Mariners where he appeared in 80 games. This past winter, he played in the Venezuelan Winter League where he hit .328. Last summer, he played for the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League.
This will mark the fourth stint as a Met for Chavez. The first was in the minors from 1996-2000 but he was picked up by the Kansas City Royal in the Rule 5 draft. The second was in February 2002 when he spent three weeks with the Mets before being lost on waivers. The most noteworthy time he spent with the club was from 2006-2008.
In three seasons with the Mets, Chavez’s slash line was .288/.330/.386. He played all three outfield positions. His most memorable moment was in left field in the 2006 National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the sixth inning of game 7, when Scott Rolen of the Cardinals stepped to the plate with a runner on. Rolen slammed the ball to deep left that Chavez caught over the wall preventing a two-run homer.
Chavez played for 21 professional seasons for nine major league teams. He returns to the team where he made his greatest mark as a ballplayer with one leaping catch. He joins his brother, Ender Chavez, who has coached in the Mets system since 2012.