The Los Angeles Angels have made yet another move, signing right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract worth $5.75 million plus the potential for him to earn $3 million in incentives. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com first reported the signing.
Chavez is being viewed as a starter by the Angels’ brass, despite pitching 67 innings of relief in 2016, posting a pedestrian 4.43 ERA. In 49 games started over his career, Chavez has posted a solid 4.14 ERA.
The Angels are adding as much pitching depth as they possibly can this offseason. Chavez joins Blake Parker, Kirby Yates, Abel De Los Santos, Vicente Campos and Andrew Bailey as new pitchers added to the 40-man roster since the end of the regular season. The Angels could wind up with a bargain here. While $5.75 million would be considered an overpay for a middle reliever, if Chavez is utilized as a starter, that is a huge win for the Angels.
As it stands, Chavez projects to be the fifth starter. Assuming Chavez posts numbers in line with his career starting numbers, Chavez could be one of the more intriguing deadline rental names, assuming the Angels fall out of contention. This has potential to be a strong move for the Angels.