Ángel Aristedes Chávez (born July 22, 1981) is a Panamanian professional baseball infielder. He made his Major League Baseball debut as an infielder with a late-season call up in 2005 for the San Francisco Giants. He has compiled a .269 career average with 74 home runs, 478 RBI and 98 stolen bases (in 137 attempts), in 936 minor league contests. He originally signed with the San Francisco Giants as a non-draftedfree agent on October 30, 1998. He was born in David, Chiriquí, Panama.
Chávez enjoyed a year at the minor league level, before having his contract purchased by the Giants on August 30. He made a big league debut that night vs. the Colorado Rockies, starting at shortstop for ailing Omar Vizquel. He played in 10 games (4 starts - 3 at shortstop, 1 at second base) with the Giants, going 5-for-19 (.263) with 2B. Despite missing the final 2 weeks of the minor league season, he ranked 5th among all Giants farmhands with a career-high 83 RBIs in combined 119 games. He batted .282 with 19 2Bs, 4 3Bs and a career-high 16 HRs.
Chávez was invited to spring training by the New York Yankees on January 12, 2007, but did not make the team and was not called up to the majors during the season. Chávez played 114 games for the Yankees Triple-A team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, batting .291 and driving in 66 runs.
On December 12, 2007, Chávez signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On March 31, 2008, his contract was purchased by the Dodgers. He began the season on the Dodgers opening day roster, but did not play in a game with them before he was designated for assignment. Chávez cleared waivers and was assigned to play for the Dodgers Triple-A team, the Las Vegas 51s. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
In January 2009, Chávez signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.
In February 2010, Chávez signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
In April 2011, Chávez signed an independent league contract with the Bridgeport Bluefish.
In February 2012, Chavez signed with Panama semi-professional league team Bocas and the team went on to win the Championships.
In May 2012, after finishing in Panama, Chavez signed a contract with the Vaqueros in Torreón, Mexico.