Angels Sign Jesse Chavez

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Pitching is on the menu this winter, and the Angels need to stuff their faces with it. They began this week by re-signing Andrew Bailey to a one-year contract, and now they’ve inked former nemesis, right-hander Jessie Chavez.

With the A’s and Dodgers last season, Jessie logged a 4.43 ERA, a 4.49 FIP, and a 1.328 WHIP in 67 innings, all out of the bullpen.

For his career, the career swing man has a career 4.54 ERA, with a 4.25 FIP, and a 1.383 WHIP in nine seasons in the Bigs.

This is not a flashy move, just merely a way of bridging the gap between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Basically filling the Jhoulys Chacin role that every team should have. Chavez can start, and he can come out of the bullpen to clean the mess left by a struggling starter.

For $5.25 million, and $3 million in incentives, that’s not a bad move. It’s not great either. But the Angels need innings more than anything.

 

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  • Looks like Ortega’s cup of coffee with the Angels may just be brief after all. Unless he accepts his assignment, the speedy utility outfielder will continue his career as a journeyman. His .232 / .283 / .292 slash line made it pretty easy to decide who was next to go off the 40-man roster. That and the need for veteran arms on the staff.

  • Your guess is as good as our’s. It wasn’t a high profile second baseman. It was just someone another team was pawning off on the Angels. Billy Eppler stresses run prevention, and the Halos also need better defense than in 2016. So the front office is prioritizing at least a league average hitter with a good glove in that spot.
  • Howie Kendrick was also dealt to the Phillies on Friday, so that could pave the way for the Angels to get serious about a trade for Cesar Hernandez. The question is whether or not there’s a match. Regardless, the club will continue their pursuit of a second baseman, likely through the trade market.

  • Just in case anyone was wondering. This means that under the current CBA, the Angels have $26 million left before the luxury tax. But as mentioned above, it could go up, and that would give the Halos more to spend. We’ll see what happens.

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