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Four Former LA Angels Pitchers To Sign this Winter

By Vincent Page
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 26: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a visit from pitching coach Mike Butcher #23 after falling behind 3-0 in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 26: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a visit from pitching coach Mike Butcher #23 after falling behind 3-0 in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: LOS ANGELES, CA. – JUNE 27: Jesse Chavez #40 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: LOS ANGELES, CA. – JUNE 27: Jesse Chavez #40 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

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.

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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.

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