ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers signed right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez to a two-year contract, the club announced Friday. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
The 35-year-old posted a 5-2 record with a 2.55 ERA and five saves over 62 relief appearances with the Rangers and the Chicago Cubs in 2018, which also helped establish career highs in relief innings pitched and WHIP (1.059). Chavez totaled the second-most relief innings in the majors last year, trailing the Tampa Bay Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough (118.2). Chavez compiled a 1.68 ERA over his last 45 games with 61 strikeouts and 11 walks. he also pitched a scoreless inning for Chicago in the 2018 NL Wildcard versus the Colorado Rockies, which was the first playoff experience of his career.
Chavez signed with the Rangers last February and made the club’s opening day roster before being dealt to the Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tyler Thomas. Chavez is 38-53 with a 4.45 ERA over 415 games/70 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2008-09), Atlanta Braves (2010), Kansas City Royals (2010-11), Toronto Blue Jays (2012, 2016), Oakland Athletics (2012-15), Los Angeles Dodges (2016), Los Angeles Angles (2017).
Texas now has 38 players on its major league roster with the addition of Chavez.