LA Angels Agree On A One-Year Deal With Jesse Chavez
The LA Angels have been tweaking the roster following the 2016 season. It now appears they’ll add some much-needed pitching to the lineup.
The LA angels have signed right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million. This news was broken by Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register via Twitter earlier this evening.
This news comes just hours after the Angels lost out on a deal involving Howie Kendrick who was acquired by Philadelphia earlier today. Chavez is a 33-year-old righty from San Gabriel California who most recently played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was traded from Toronto to LA on the August 1st trade deadline.
Chavez has played for a variety of teams including Pittsburg, Atlanta, Kansas City, Oakland, Toronto, and the Dodgers. Now, he’ll likely have a starting role in Anaheim with the Angels. In years, Chavez has an ERA of 4.54 with over 500 strikeouts.
Last season for the Blue Jays, he had a record of 2-2 through 62 games with an ERA of 4.43. In LA, his ERA shrunk slightly to 4.21. Chavez didn’t start for either team last season.
Some fans may find it suspect for Chavez to be a projected starter this season. His starting history comes in small doses. Chavez started 26 games in 2015 for Oakland and 21 the year before for the same team.
In 2014 he had a career-best 3.45 ERA with an 8-8 record for Oakland. A lot of pressure will be on Chavez to produce wins as a starter for the Angels this season.
One thing is clear the Angels are making moves, which is what we need. Granted these aren’t big name free agents; however, Chavez could prove to be a valuable starter for the Angels.
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The Angels do not have a ton of depth in the starting rotation. It is good to have a solid veteran who isn’t throwing 80 MPH. As a result, the Angels can build the bullpen. Stay with Halo Hangout for the latest news on these free agent moves, and trades involving the LA Angels.