With Chavvy set to come back soon, and apparently fully healthy, I'd be curious to know what ANers think he will do this year. Yeah, it will probably take him some time to adjust to big league pitching again, etc., but what you do you think Chavvy will do over the course of the rest of the season?
Here's my prediction: Chavvy will play a fabulous, glorious third base and you'll again shake your head in wonder that 'he got that ball'. You'll be reminded what a joy it is just to watch Chavvy play third. (And with Barton at first, Ellis at second, BoCro at short, Suzuzi behind the plate and sometimes Rajai Davis in center, you'll see a lot of clubs get discouraged when the A's defense wins a good number of games ...)
Offense from Chavvy will be more of a challenge. Chavvy will hit about .265, with so-so power and so-so run production (equivalent to 20 HRs and 85 RBIs over a full season.) He'll be a complete disaster with runners in scoring position in close games, especially in later innings when he'll see lots of left-handed relief pitchers. Left handers that throw him curve balls will eat him up, and he'll swing at a lot of pitches 8 inches outside, and take a lot of pitches right down the middle. Looking back, you'll note that most of his home runs will come in games and ABs in which the A's are either well ahead or well behind, and his HR did nothing to change the outcome of the game.
In summary, and in short, I predict that the injury-free Chavvy of 2008 will play a lot like the injury-plagued Chavvy of 2006 and 2007: great glove, frustrating offense.