Re: Eric Chavez?
I like the thought. He can hit left-handed and he might be able to give you 200 AB's from 3rd. If he can't play 3rd then there's no reason to pursue him, but if he can -i'd be for it.
Rarely do playoff teams have a bad 3rd baseman. For some reason it's the tipping point between a good team and an also ran. Teams that can settle in and solve that position have a nice advantage over others that cannot. It's as if 3rd is the tipping point toward above .500 baseball.
Only an also ran team would think of Francisco as any kind of solution over at 3rd. You put him at 3rd and it tips the team into chaos. I rarely believe that old players over young is the way to go (all things being equal)- 3rd base is the only position i believe where an older player seems to have a perceived advantage.