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Jesse Chavez | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/21/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 160
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Athletics and RHP Jesse Chavez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.15 million contract.
Chavez was arbitration-eligible for the second time in his career. He posted a cool 3.45 ERA and 136/49 K/BB ratio in 146 innings (21 starts, 11 relief appearances) last season for the A's while earning $775,000. The 31-year-old right-hander is expected to open the 2015 campaign in a bullpen role. Jan 12 - 12:42 PM

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics considered removing Jason Hammel from the rotation before ultimately deciding to just skip his turn.

Hammel holds a disappointing 6.75 ERA over seven starts for the A's and will be available in relief until next week in Houston. If he pitches poorly again in that outing, Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz could take his spot the next turn through the rotation.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 09:41:00 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Friday that Jesse Chavez has been moved back to the bullpen.

The 30-year-old gave the A's a tremendous boost over his first 21 starts, compiling a 3.44 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 119/41 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings. He'll function in a middle relief role for the A's while Jason Hammel maintains the final spot in the rotation.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 06:42:00 PM

The Athletics are expected to keep Jason Hammel in their rotation over Jesse Chavez.

Hammel has a 9.53 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in four starts with Oakland, but the A's think he's capable of turning things around. Chavez boasts a 3.44 ERA and 119/41 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings this season, but he's struggled in July and could be tiring after years of pitching mostly as a reliever. The 30-year-old can be dropped in mixed leagues.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Jesse Chavez was roughed up by the Astros on Monday, allowing six runs over 5 1/3 innings to fall to 8-7.

Chavez has been blessed with an easy schedule lately, but he hasn't capitalized, giving up 11 runs in 16 2/3 innings in two starts against the Astros and one versus the Mariners. He's one start away from surpassing his career high in innings, and the anticipated trip to the bullpen might come sooner rather than later. If so, the A's would turn to Tommy Milone or Drew Pomeranz in his place.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 11:54:00 PM

Jesse Chavez got back in the win column by allowing two earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a 9-7 victory over the Astros.

He struck out seven and walked two. Chavez has issued at least two free passes in six straight starts. The excess base runners have been an issue, but Chavez has done a good job in recent starts minimizing damage. He entered this game with a 4.32 July ERA despite a 1.80 WHIP in those three outings. Now 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA, Chavez has a rematch with Brad Peacock scheduled for Monday.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 01:51:00 AM

Jesse Chavez yielded three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

Chavez will head into the All-Star break with just one quality start in his last four tries, and he's rapidly approaching his career high for innings. We expect that the A's will sent him to the bullpen at some point, though it doesn't figure to happen immediately after the break.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 12:59:00 AM

Jesse Chavez worked six shutout innings, striking out nine, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

Chavez scattered four hits and walked two to win his first outing since June 15, and just his third since May 19. The right-hander boated a 2.78 ERA at the end of May, but he'd gone just 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts since the beginning of June prior to tonight. He gave up a fluky .340 BABIP during that stretch, though his 28/14 K/BB rate in 35 innings was asking for trouble. Having improved to 7-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, Chavez is scheduled to start Saturday in Seattle.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 01:22:00 AM

Jesse Chavez surrendered five earned runs over five innings Wednesday in the A's loss to the Tigers.

It was the second straight rough outing for Chavez, who yielded five runs in six innings last Friday against the Marlins. He gave up eight hits and walked four on Wednesday afternoon in Detroit as the A's suffered their third series sweep of the season. Chavez is 6-5 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the year.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Jesse Chavez lasted six innings and allowed five runs in a 9-5 no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

In a somewhat perplexing outing, Chavez was cruising up 4-0 until the sixth inning, when he allowed all five of the runs on his line. The Marlins only had one extra-base hit in the inning, but they strung together RBI by Garrett Jones, Marcel Ozuna, Donovan Solano, Jeff Mathis and Jeff Baker to put the A's in a 5-4 hole. Oakland later tied the game and took Chavez off the hook before scoring four in the ninth to win 9-5. Even with the rocky outing, Chavez still holds an ERA of 2.94. He will look to rebound against Detroit in his next start.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Jesse Chavez pitched seven scoreless innings in the A's victory over the Red Sox on Saturday.

Oakland wound up winning in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walkoff RBI single from Coco Crisp. Chavez held the Red Sox to three hits while fanning four. He ran into a few road bumps in late May and early June but has been dominant now in two straight outings. Chavez will carry a 2.71 ERA and 1.18 WHIP into his next start at Miami.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Jesse Chavez allowed one run on five hits over six innings in a win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Chavez struck out four while not walking a batter in the outing. He's come down a little from his early success, but the right-hander still owns a 2.93 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through 14 starts. He'll take on the Red Sox on Friday.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 08:01:00 PM

Jesse Chavez yielded three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits over six innings of a loss against the Angels Monday.

Chavez snuck up on the league in April, going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in six starts. Pro hitters have started to figure out the converted reliever since that time; he came into tonight having gone 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA in his last six outings. By no means should you feel compelled to drop Chavez in mixed leagues, but he's no longer a must-start. He'll take a take a 5-4 record and 3.04 ERA into Sunday's date in New York against the Yankees.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 01:04:00 AM

Jesse Chavez improved to 5-3, allowing four runs over six innings as the Athletics defeated the Yankees 7-4 on Wednesday.

Chavez had a shaky third inning in which he allowed four runs -- including three on a Jacoby Ellsbury three-run home run -- but otherwise limited the Yankees. Overall, he allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out five. Chavez has been solid for the A's out of the rotation, currently holding a 3.04 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He'll face the Angels on the road in his next start.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 11:11:00 PM

Jesse Chavez yielded four runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

He allowed one run over the first four innings before the Jays scored three in the fifth thanks to some shaky defense. Chavez has now failed to complete six innings in three out of his last four starts. He has also allowed five home runs over his last three starts. The good news is that he has yet to allow a home run with a runner on base this year. He'll bring a 2.61 ERA into a start against the Tigers next week.
Sat, May 24, 2014 03:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Renato Nunez
3Alden Carrithers
LF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
CF1Coco Crisp
2Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Chris Bassitt
7Sean Nolin
8Jarrod Parker
9A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Ryan Cook
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Dan Otero
6R.J. Alvarez
7Fernando Abad
8Evan Scribner
9Taylor Thompson
10Eury de la Rosa
11Jesse Chavez
12Pat Venditte
13Brad Mills
14Kevin Whelan