TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays reacquired right-hander Jesse Chavez from the Oakland Athletics for reliever Liam Hendriks on Friday, adding some starting depth to a rotation in need of it.
Chavez went 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 157 innings over in 30 games, 26 of them starts, last season. He’s headed into his final year of arbitration before free agency, and is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $4.7 million in 2016.
His acquisition is reminiscent to that of Marco Estrada last year, giving the Blue Jays an under-the-radar swing man with some upside.
To get him they surrendered four years of control on Hendriks, who showed promise in the bullpen after converting to a relief role.
But the Blue Jays need options at starter with a rotation currently housing only Estrada, Marcus Stroman, R.A. Dickey and Drew Hutchison.