The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that outfielder Endy Chavez will return to the team.

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that outfielder Endy Chavez will return to the team.


The Royals said the 11-year major league veteran, who played for the Royals in 2001, signed a minor league contract for the 2013 season.


Chavez, 34, made his debut in 2001 with Kansas City after the Royals selected him from the New York Mets organization in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft. The 6-foot native of Valencia, Venezuela, is a career .269 hitter with 118 doubles, 32 triples, 26 home runs, 229 RBIs, 341 runs and 100 stolen bases for the Royals, Expos (2002-04), Nationals (2005), Phillies (2005), Mets (2006-08), Mariners (2009), Rangers (2011) and Orioles (2012).


The left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder appeared in 64 regular season games with Baltimore last season, also playing in three Division Series games against the Yankees. He hit .203 with two home runs, 12 RBIs, 15 runs and three stolen bases with the Orioles last season.