Athletics sign Jesse Chavez to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

The Oakland Athletics have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Avoiding arbitration for the 2015 season, Chavez will be paid a salary of $2.15 million by the Athletics.

The 31-year-old experienced somewhat of a breakout campaign in 2014, despite his past struggles in the bullpen. Because of injuries to top starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, Chavez was forced to move to the starting rotation, even though he had only had two starts in the major leagues over his entire career.

In 146 innings pitched last season with the Athletics, Chavez pitched to an 8-8 record, along with a 3.45 ERA, a 8.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 42% ground ball rate in 32 games pitched (21 start). Chavez was forced back into the bullpen with the additions of Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel via trades. With Lester and Hammel with new teams, Chavez could see himself back in the starting rotation come the 2015 season.

The Fontana, California native has a career 17-23 record over his seven-year major-league career. Along with a 4.70 career ERA, Chavez has a career 84 ERA+. In his seven-year career, Chavez has pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics over 223 games pitched.

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