Converted reliever Jesse Chavez made a career-high 26 starts for the Athletics in 2015, pitching well enough to stay in the rotation for nearly the whole season. His 4.18 ERA was considerably higher than his mark from 2014, and it would have been worse if not for the help he got from O.co Coliseum, where he posted a 3.38 mark. That does not bode well for Chavez this season, now that he has been traded to the Blue Jays. Rogers Centre could be a nightmare for Chavez, who will battle for a spot in the Toronto rotation. He should be avoided outside of AL-only leagues.
Chavez won his arbitration case and will make $4 million in 2016, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. While arbitration trials aren't the best way to get on the right foot with a new team, Chavez will bring a solid back-of-the-rotation presence to a staff that needs starting depth. The $4 million salary is a $1.85 million raise from last season.
Chavez was traded to the Blue Jays on Friday for Liam Hendriks, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. The Jays have a hole in the rotation, with David Price likely heading elsewhere in free agency. Chavez has had a FIP under 4.00 in each of the last three seasons, and he pitched a career-high 157 innings in 2015 before being shut down after suffering a broken rib. It's a downgrade in ballpark for the veteran righty, but an indisputable upgrade in projected run support, so he could win double-digit games for the first time in his career.
Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez has a non-displaced rib fracture and his season is over, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. The 32-year-old righty predictably regressed this season, posting a 4.18 ERA compared to a 3.45 ERA in 2014. That said, his 3.86 FIP was almost identical to his 3.89 FIP from last season, so that is probably a good gauge of his true talent. He should compete for a spot at the back of Oakland's rotation next spring. Cody Martin will make the start Wednesday against the White Sox and could stick in Oakland's rotation down the stretch.
Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Chavez told reporters that he's dealing with rib soreness and has been having trouble breathing. An X-ray revealed no serious damage, and the team is considering sending him home to undergo an MRI. With only a few weeks remaining in the season, Chavez indicated that he may not pitch again in 2015. Oakland is yet to announce who will take the hill in Chavez's place Wednesday.
Athletics starter Jesse Chavez failed to pick up a win for the fourth straight outing, as he allowed three runs on six hits over six innings in a 4-0 loss to the Rangers on Friday. Chavez walked one and struck out six, but got no support from his offense as Colby Lewis was nearly perfect on the other side. All three runs against Chavez (7-15, 4.18 ERA) came in the very first inning. After that he was very sharp, retiring the final eight men he faced.