Jesse Chavez
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Chavez started 21 games in 38 appearances in 2017 but worked exclusively as a reliever in 2018. The veteran posted his best K/9 since 2012 and his best-ever marks in BB/9 and ERA while becoming one of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's most trusted bullpen arms, thanks to a May change in his arm slot that helped his velocity and release point. He experienced the standard velocity bump that comes with shifting to the bullpen, and focused on his sinker and a cutter that allowed the lowest opponents' wOBA (.175) of its class in the majors. The 35-year-old will likely maintain a similar middle-relief role after signing with the Rangers in the offseason. It's not an ideal landing spot, and Chavez still doesn't strike out enough batters to register on most draft radars without save chances, but he's very much in the mix for AL-only after his 2018 revival. Read Past Outlooks
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