Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez insists he hasn’t pondered his future in baseball much.

Chavez who is finishing off a one-year $3 million contract has had a brief discussion with manager Kirk Gibson about how he’s enjoyed this year and the possibility of another. But other than that his stance on remaining with Arizona is pretty much implied.

“They know I like it here” said Chavez who has lived in Arizona most of his professional career. “This is home my kids are here spring training’s five minutes from my house. It’s a given that I would want to come back. How things move forward and how they would want to put together a team that’s a whole different animal.”

For the spurts that he’s been healthy Chavez has certainly given the Diamondbacks plenty of production. The 35-year-old has played in just 73 of 145 games entering Tuesday but is third on the team with 43 RBIs.

Still his future with the Diamondbacks may depend on Cody Ross’ right hip.

Atop the off-season wish list for Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers is a power bat at one of the corner outfield positions. Should Ross return in time for spring training after dislocating and fracturing his hip in August that need could be filled.

But if Ross’ rehab goes slowly the club could explore other options. One might entail moving Martin Prado from third to left field leaving a timeshare between Chavez and rookie Matt Davidson at third.

Towers wants Davidson to get playing time and he’d rather not move Prado out of the infield. But he does think Chavez could adapt to a bench role should all those dominoes not fall.

“Even at 250 plate appearances he’s a nice guy to have in the middle of your lineup” Towers said. “He’s a great guy to have specifically with interleague play throughout the season to kind of have to use as a DH. Still an above-average defender. For us there’s still probably a need.”

For Chavez that’s a role he would likely accept with gusto. This September marks the first time in his career he’s taken a backseat while a team test-drives a prospect and he’s enjoyed his teaching role with Davidson and rookie shortstop Chris Owings.

His top priorities this off-season he said are winning.