The Texas Rangers and Jesse Chavez just can’t quit one another: the Rangers and Chavez have agreed to a two-year contract in the range of $8 million. That via a report from Jeff Passan.
Chavez, 35, signed a one-year $1 million deal with Texas last year, waiting until February to ink the pact. Then he was traded to the Cubs in late July. He was pretty good in Texas, posting a 3.51 ERA in 30 games but he was on fire with the Cubs, allowing only five earned runs in 39 innings pitched over 32 games (1.15 ERA).
2019 will be his 12th season in the bigs. Over his career, which has taken him to nine different teams, Chavez is 38-53 with a 4.45 ERA in 415 games, mostly as a reliever.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.