The Angels signed Jesse Chavez to a one-year deal following the end of last season. The move itself was a headscratcher, due to the fact that he was signed to be a starting pitcher.
Chavez has been a career reliever, starting in just two seasons during his nine-year career. One thing is clear, Billy Eppler knows something we don’t with this guy. Another development would be if Chavez lost the starting job to J.C. Ramirez during Spring Training.
However, Chavez pitched in limited action last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers after being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays. He appeared in 25 games and pitched 23 innings for LA.
In 2008, Chavez had a career-best ERA of 3.45 going 8-8 on the season. That’s going to be the number the Angels need from Chavez in order for his presence in the starting lineup to be justified.
Still, throughout Spring Training more questions will arise and the season will bring about answers. The Angels first Spring Training game will take place on February 25th, against the Milwaukee Brewers.