The Braves have agreed to a minor league take care of free-agent righty Jesse Chavez, as first famous on the transactions log on at Braves.com. Presumably, he’ll head to their alternate web site as soon as he clears consumption testing.
Chavez, 37, spent Spring Coaching with the Angels, who minimize him unfastened late in Spring Coaching fairly than pay him a $100K retention bonus (as would’ve been his proper as a six-year veteran who certified as an Article XXB free agent). Chavez struggled by means of 4 1/3 innings with the Halos throughout Cactus League play, yielding seven runs on 9 hits and three walks with only a pair of strikeouts (25 batters confronted).
Chavez had a strong run with the Rangers and Cubs from 2018-19, pitching to a mixed 3.58 ERA with a 23 % strikeout price and a very good 5.5 % stroll price by means of 173 1/3 innings (101 reduction appearances, 9 begins). However the wheels got here off for the veteran righty final summer time within the second season of a two-year take care of Texas, as he was clobbered for a 6.88 ERA in 17 innings of labor.
This would be the second stint with the Braves for Chavez, who tossed 36 2/3 innings for Atlanta greater than a decade in the past in 2010. The outcomes weren’t fairly on the time, however Chavez broke out not lengthy after and solidified himself as a strong swingman over a seven-year stretch throughout which he pitched for six totally different groups. All informed, he carries a profession 4.52 ERA, a 20.8 % strikeout price, a 7.4 % stroll price and a 41.6 % ground-ball price by means of 933 innings unfold throughout 13 seasons and 9 totally different large league golf equipment.
The Braves presently have 5 pitchers — Mike Soroka, Max Fried, Drew Smyly, Touki Toussaint and Sean Newcomb — on the injured checklist. Bringing Chavez into the combination afford them some veteran depth each within the bullpen and the rotation, although it’s been greater than three weeks for the reason that Angels minimize him unfastened, so he might have a while to ramp up earlier than he’s even thought-about for a glance with the massive league membership.