Four Former LA Angels Pitchers To Sign this Winter
By Vincent Page
RHP, Jesse Chavez
Chavez is another guy that LA Angels fans may be split on. While he did not have a great ERA with the Angels at 5.35, he did provide solid depth and had a handful of solid outings for the Angels down the stretch before they fell out of playoff contention.
Last season, Chavez was not just solid, but absolutely spectacular. With the Texas Rangers in the first half of the year, Chavez had a 3.51 ERA in 30 appearances. He was a solid relief pitcher for a team going nowhere in 2018, so he was dealt to the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline.
And that is when the magic happened.
Chavez finished the regular season by pitching in 32 games for the Cubs. He was absolutely dominate, putting together what was perhaps the best stretch of his entire 11-year career. He obliterated his opponents in route to a 1.15 ERA, and in his final 25 games had a 0.92 ERA. Chavez capped off his season by throwing 11 pitches in the National League Wild Card Game, facing the minimum.
Now, Chavez hits free agency and could be a huge value for whichever team signs him. With so many big name free agents, he could get overlooked. However, Chavez could be among the best of them.