Man, Billy Eppler just isn’t wasting any time. Maybe he’s just an impatient dude. Maybe it’s a possible work stoppage that’s looming in December. Who knows? What we DO know is that Eppler has been busy in the time sense the World Series officially wrapped up, signing Cameron Maybin to the LF hole, then inking a deal with Andrew Bailey and now, Jesse Chavez.
Jerry Crasnick was first to report:
Jesse Chavez has agreed to a one-year, $5.75M deal with the #Angels. Can make $3M more in incentives. Signed as a starter.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 11, 2016
Chavez is being brought on as a starter, although the 33 year old didn’t even make a start last season. He was a reliever, mainly, for both the Blue Jays and then the Dodgers, finishing the year with a an ERA of 4.43, with 8.5 K/9 innings over 67 innings pitched.
He’s going to be fighting for a rotation spot, nothing is guaranteed really at this point, and at the very least, could just be put back into the bullpen.
Eppler continues to try and make the most sense out of the free agent market while also being frugal and avoiding big names and big pay days.