Source: Yanks sign Eric Chavez

Updated: February 5, 2011, 9:44 AM ET

The New York Yankees signed free-agent third baseman Eric Chavez to a minor league deal, a source confirmed to's Jerry Crasnick.

Chavez, 33, has spent all 13 seasons of his big league career with the Oakland Athletics, batting .267 with 230 home runs and 787 RBIs. He's been plagued by injuries in recent years, limited to a total of 64 games played in 2008-2010.

Meanwhile, utility infielder Ronnie Belliard accepted a minor league deal with the New York Yankees, which includes an invitation to spring training, a source told's Enrique Rojas.

Belliard would earn $825,000, plus performance incentives, if he makes the Yankees' 2011 major league roster.

Belliard, 35, has a .273 batting average over 13 seasons in the majors with six different teams, playing mainly as a reserve second baseman. The Dominican Republic native, who can also play third base and shortstop, hit .216 in 82 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010.

Jerry Crasnick is a senior baseball writer for Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for



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