With many of the top free agents no longer available, MLB teams have begun pivoting to smaller moves in recent weeks to fill out their rosters.
The Washington Nationals made such a move on Monday by signing a former first-round draft pick to a minor-league deal.
Nationals Sign Michael Chavis
The Nationals added some infield depth by acquiring Michael Chavis, who was taken in the first round (26th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
Chavis debuted with Boston in 2019 and showed promise as a rookie with 18 home runs, 58 RBIs and a .766 OPS in 95 games. He failed to reach those heights in subsequent seasons, however, leading the Red Sox to ship him to the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead of the trade deadline in 2021.
The Georgia native didn't fare much better for Pittsburgh, however, slashing .242/.274/.400 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 141 games. The Pirates released him in October after he posted a brutal 19:126 BB/K ratio in 2022, indicating that his plate discipline still needs improvement.
Regardless, Chavis' solid pop and ability to play multiple positions could have value for a Nationals team in desperate need of talent after finishing last year with the worst record (55-107) in baseball. He won't be a savior, but at the very least he could provide some flexibility if he ends up making Washington's major-league roster.