Sounds Like the Cubs May Be Signing Old Friend Jesse Chavez (UPDATE: Minor League Deal)

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Sounds Like the Cubs May Be Signing Old Friend Jesse Chavez (UPDATE: Minor League Deal)

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Based on his Instagram, it sounds like old friend Jesse Chavez is coming back to the Cubs.

The 38-year-old swing man posted about his drive back out to Spring Training (h/t Thomas Temple), used an image of himself in a Cubs uniform, tagged @cubs and added “#reunited” – so, yeah, I think he’s coming back. If so, this is one of those low-key great moves for the Cubs.

If you remember, Chavez was with the Cubs in the 2018 season, and was an absolute stud. Not only were his results fantastic (1.15 ERA, 2.39 FIP over 39.0 innings), but he did it in such a wide variety of roles in the bullpen – sometimes he was a middle reliever, sometimes he got multiple innings, sometimes he was a late-inning one-inning guy, sometimes he was a match-up guy, and sometimes he closed. In his many other stops over recent years, he’s also made quite a few short starts when necessary. (He *really* wanted to come back to the Cubs after that season, too, but it didn’t happen.)

Chavez has been a truly versatile rubber-arm, and outside of his times with the Rangers in their old ballpark (it was just death for him on the home run side, as it was for a lot of pitchers there), he’s been great going on a decade. Even last year, at 37, Chavez posted a 2.14 ERA (2.01 FIP) over 33.2 innings for the championship Braves.

If he’s still doing his thing, this is a guy you just love to have available on the roster. We’ll wait for confirmation, but again, based on his own words, it sounds like this is happening.

UPDATE: He’s getting a minor league deal:

That’s surprising to me, given how good he was last year. But we know that a lot of teams were trying to get guys like Chavez on minor league deals. I figure his big league salary, if he makes the team, is going to be pretty decent (couple million?), and he’ll make the team so long as he looks reasonably solid and healthy.

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