Texas Rangers transactions: Jesse Chavez, relief pitcher for the Rangers in 2018 before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in July, has officially been signed to a two year deal, per John Blake on Twitter. While Blake did not announce the terms, the deal is reportedly for $4 million per year.
The news broke earlier this week that Chavez had a deal with the Rangers, and now that the deal is official, I will be interested to hear what sort of role the team envisions for him in 2019. Chavez worked as a multi-inning reliever in 2018 for Texas, but was used in more of a one inning role once he went to the Cubs, and became one of Chicago’s most trusted late-inning relievers by season’s end. The 35 year old has also started in the past, so it is possible the Rangers might look at him as a possible rotation option.
The Rangers’ 40 man roster now stands at 37.