Blue Jays acquire Jesse Chavez from the Athletics

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Athletics in exchange for pitcher Liam Hendriks.

Chavez, 32, pitched 157 innings almost entirely out of the rotation for the A’s this past season, finishing with a 4.16 ERA and a 136/48 K/BB ratio. He made 21 starts and 11 relief appearances in 2014, and operated entirely out of the bullpen in 2013, so he can fill multiple roles for the Jays if necessary.

Chavez is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $2.15 million this past season.

Hendriks, 26, broke out in his fifth season in the majors, compiling a 2.92 ERA with a 71/11 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays. He had an ERA above 5.00 in each of his previous four seasons. The right-hander won’t become eligible for arbitration until after the 2016 season and won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.