Jesse Chavez was brought in to fill out of the Angels' rotation last season, but he struggled to a 5.24 ERA across 21 starts before ultimately being shifted to a relief role at the beginning of August. He didn't fare much better out of the team's bullpen, registering a 5.84 ERA across 24.2 relief innings, though he did fan 33 batters over that stretch (12.0 K/9). Chavez benefited from pitching half of his games in pitcher-friendly Angel Stadium -- posting a 3.80 ERA -- but his 6.88 mark away from home led him to an overall ERA of 5.35 for the season. The veteran right-hander once again struggled with homers (1.8 HR/9), which is something that could get worse in a less favorable environment. Given the 34-year-old couldn't hold down a rotation spot with the pitching-starved Angels, it's hard to see him returning to a starting role in 2018 regardless of where he winds up, which likely leaves him off the fantasy radar in most formats.
Chavez was saddled with his 11th loss of the season after giving up three runs on four hits while striking out two in an inning of relief Thursday against the White Sox. Chavez's late-inning implosion squandered what had been a successful bullpen game for the Angels. The 34-year-old had transitioned well to a relief role in August (0.60 ERA over 15 innings), but he reverted to his poor pitching ways in September, posting an ugly 12.46 ERA in nine appearances this month. Chavez will enter free agency this offseason, but he will find it tough to crack any rotation in the majors after failing to make it work for the pitching-starved Halos.
Chavez surrendered two hits while striking out six over three scoreless innings in a loss to the Rangers on Monday. Chavez was demoted to a long-relief role after struggling mightily (5.43 ERA) as a starter. The 34-year-old has transitioned well to the bullpen, posting a 1.00 ERA and a 13:0 K:BB ratio over nine innings. Chavez's recent run of success could earn him another shot in the rotation should a spot open up due to injury, but a lack of hold and save opportunities in his current role limits his fantasy value.
Chavez will shift from the starting rotation to the bullpen, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. The 33-year-old has struggled mightily as a starter this season -- compiling a 5.24 ERA and 86:40 K:BB through 113.1 innings (21 starts) -- so the Angels will move him to the bullpen as rookie Troy Scribner gets a shot in the starting rotation. Chavez spent all of 2016 as a reliever, though he posted an unimpressive 4.43 ERA across 67 innings. He'll provide length out of the bullpen, and with his high ERA and low strikeout rates, he won't carry much fantasy value.
Chavez was stuck with a no-decision Sunday against the Blue Jays despite logging five innings while allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks. He also struck out a pair. The three-run third was the only real rough patch for the veteran hurler, as he managed to hold the Blue Jays' bats in check while putting himself in line for the victory. However, he was not able to get the victory after the Angels' bullpen imploded and allowed seven runs in the bottom of the ninth. Chavez did his part by making a serviceable 94-pitch start, although the outing raised his ERA to 5.43. He'll look to move back into the win column in his next start Saturday when the Halos play host to the Athletics.
Chavez surrendered seven runs on five hits and four walks over just 2.1 innings but was able to escape with a no-decision in Tuesday's extra-inning loss to Cleveland. he struck out three. All seven runs scored in a disastrous second inning that featured a grand slam by Bradley Zimmer and a solo shot by Michael Brantley. Chavez has now given up 12 runs and five homers in 13.1 innings over his last three starts, leaving him with a 5.35 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the year, but his job still seems secure in the Angels' injury-riddled rotation. He'll next take the mound Sunday in Toronto.