There's not a lot of mystery to Chavez, an excellent defender and hard worker who can play all three outfield positions and can slash his way to a solid average — he's a .274 career hitter who batted .301 in 83 games for the AL champion Texas Rangers in 2011. He is the quintessential fourth outfielder, but this $1.5 million signing raised eyebrows because it seems like a strange fit for a club that doesn't appear to be a contender in 2012. The Orioles could have filled the spot with a young player making the minimum salary. Yet the insurance policy might yield dividends if right fielder Nick Markakis misses significant time after offseason abdomen surgery.
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