The stove is beyond the heating point and is now hot. The Angels added depth to their pitching staff on Friday afternoon, signing right-hander, Jesse Chavez.
The team has not officially announced the signing, but reports from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN indicate that the 33-year-old has signed a one-year deal worth $5.75 million, with $3 million in incentives for games started.
Chavez, a product of A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, is a nine-year veteran of the league, with two years as a starter. Last season, Chavez had a 4.43 ERA in 67 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers.
As a starter in 2014-2015 with the A's, Chavez used his changeup over 17% of the time, but has lessened the usage of the pitch while in the bullpen, and utilized his cut-fastball over 40% of the time. This is something that is expected to change as the Angels will use him as a starter.
Mixing into the rotation, Billy Eppler and the Angels now have seven options to fill out the fifth spot of the rotation between Chavez, Alex Meyer, Nate Smith, Daniel Wright, Vicente Campos, Manny Banuelos and J.C. Ramirez. Eppler has hinted that he'd like to add more pieces to the pitching staff, primarily in relief rolls, but they may be able to add another starting pitcher to the depth chart.
Over his last four years in the league, Chavez holds a 3.94 ERA and 8.2 strikeouts-per-nine ratio. In his career as a starter, the former 42nd round pick has a 4.14 ERA. In 34.1 innings at Angel Stadium, Chavez has a 2.62 ERA and .601 opposing OPS.