Right-hander Jesse Chavez has reportedly signed a one-year, $5.75 million deal with the Angels, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick reports that the 33-year-old was signed as a starter and will be eligible for an additional $3 million in incentives in 2017.
Chavez was named the Blue Jays’ fifth starter prior to the 2016 season, but ended up operating exclusively out of the bullpen in 39 appearances for Toronto. He was dealt to the Dodgers for right-hander Mike Bolsinger after the midseason deadline, where he was utilized in a relief role again and finished the year with a 4.43 ERA, 3.50 K/BB rate, and 63 strikeouts in 67 innings.
The last team to give Chavez a starting role was the Athletics, when they brought him on board as a hybrid starter-reliever from 2013 to 2015. Over three full seasons, he split his time evenly between the rotation and bullpen, logging 47 starts and 50 relief appearances to the tune of a 3.85 ERA and peaking in 2015 with 2.3 fWAR. The Angels will likely look to develop him as a back-end starter, though he’ll have to compete for the spot against several internal candidates during spring training, including right-handers Alex Meyer and J.C. Ramirez. If he doesn’t profile well as a starter, he’ll likely find himself back in the ‘pen to start the 2017 season.