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Texas Rangers sign Jesse Chavez to minor league deal

The Rangers have reportedly signed RHP Jesse Chavez to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed righthanded pitcher Jesse Chavez to a minor league deal, per reports. Chavez had a 5.35 ERA and a 5.09 FIP last year with the Angels while splitting his time between the rotation and the bullpen.

Chavez was originally drafted by the Rangers in 2002, and was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 for Kip Wells. Chavez has ended up carving out a decent career as a journeyman pitcher, working out of the bullpen until a few years ago when Oakland moved him into the rotation.

The 34 year old Chavez will presumably be competing with the likes of Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese for the opportunity to claim a spot in the rotation if a starter is hurt or if one of the reliever conversion projects fails, but would also potentially be a bullpen option.