On the hot seat: Eric Chavez 

Even though he has six Gold Gloves, Eric Chavez’s defense doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. The third baseman does things so effortlessly, it seems like anyone can do what he does. But the one part of Chavez’s game that hasn’t blossomed is his bat. Billed as a player who would hit .300 and have decent power, Chavez has provided the latter (seven seasons of 20-plus homers), but has not hit for a great average, batting better than .280 just twice in his eight full seasons. As a team leader, Chavez needs to step up at the plate.

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