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Blue Jays acquire Jesse Chavez from the Athletics


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.

Mitch Moreland signs one-year, $3 million deal with Red Sox

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First baseman Mitch Moreland is back with the Red Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, $3 million to remain in Boston. The contract calls for a $2.5 million salary for 2020 and includes a 2021 club option worth $3 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Moreland has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. Last year, he hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI over 335 plate appearances. He mostly faced right-handed pitching, platooning at first base with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Steve Pearce.

Moreland will once again platoon at first base with Chavis. Chavis also played second and third base last year, so he could find time at those positions when Moreland is in the starting lineup.