Chavez has been on the club's radar since the Winter Meetings, according to baseball sources, but there is concern about his health. Chavez, a six-time Gold Glove third baseman, is 33 and coming off four years of injuries, primarily to his shoulder and back. He hasn't played more than 90 games in a season since 2006.
He has spent all 12 seasons of his Major League career with Oakland, having just finished up a six-year, $63 million contract.
Back in the day, he was a legitimate run producer, with four seasons of 100-plus RBIs and four seasons of at least 29 home runs to go with a .267 lifetime average.
Chavez's agent told the Chronicle that two American League clubs will also work him out.
If healthy, Chavez could be anything for the Dodgers from a challenger to Casey Blake at third base to a left-handed pinch-hitter and possible backup corner infielder, although he has played only two games at first base.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less