The Chicago Cubs announced on Thursday that the club had acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Minor League pitcher Tyler Thomas.
Jesse Chavez has been pitching out of the bullpen for the mediocre Texas Rangers and has posted a 3.51 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 12 walks over 56 1/3 innings pitched. Chavez inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Texas Rangers in February, so the Chicago Cubs are on the hook for a little less than $600,000.
“The word that comes to mind is versatility. You can start him or put him in the bullpen and he’s very good in both arenas,” Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Jesse Chavez.
Tyler Thomas is a Minor League pitcher selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. The lefty has made 14 starts and one relief appearance for Single-A South Bend, posting a 2.88 ERA with an 81/14 strikeout/walk ratio in 75 innings of work.