At the peak of his career, Chavez was a consistently productive left-handed bat with tremendous hands at the hot corner. However, in recent years he has been hampered by nagging injuries that have forced him to miss significant time.
Chavez would be a bargain for the Dodgers with a low asking price and acute risk factor. Signing Chavez to a preseason deal and inviting him to Spring Training wouldn't put the Dodgers in harm's way, and at the very least, they may find a diamond in the rough.
The organization should know to be cautious by now with veterans who fare well in the Spring. A slew of pitchers with good numbers in the Spring failed to follow up in the regular season last year. Russ and Ramon Ortiz appeared to be poised for major career comebacks, but suffered through injuries, terrible numbers and disappointing hardships before ultimately being let go.
Dodger fans shiver at the thought of another Garret Anderson situation, allowing a big name with past glory to remain on the roster until it was too late, only to let go of them when all has become irrelevant.
When looking at Chavez, a surprise performance would be a welcomed sight in Chavez Ravine, and he may even have a section of the outfield named after him. However, it may be just wishful thinking. Los Angeles will probably have to spend a decent amount of their increased payroll to shore up a reliable second baseman.
The Boston Herald has reported the Dodgers are showing interest in Chavez, but it may be too little, too late for Chavez in an otherwise solid career.