Jesse Chavez signs $8 million contract with AL team


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Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports

Jesse Chavez is headed back to Texas.

The former Cubs reliever has agreed to a reported two-year contract worth $8 million with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

During his short stint with the Cubs, he had an impressive 1.15 ERA with 42 strikeouts, 4 saves, and a 0.79 WHIP in 39 innings. Reportedly, after the Cubs lost to the Rockies in the Wild-Card game, he said the following to his teammates in the locker room: "If I'm not wearing this next year (Cubs shirt), I'm done."

It appears that that statement wasn't true as he now has 8 million reasons to be in Texas. The 35-year old did excellent with the Cubs and now will be handsomely paid by receiving a two-year deal from the Rangers. At his age, the Cubs must have felt that his better days are behind him like they felt about not aggressively re-signing Jake Arrieta.

The right-hander has spent all or part of 11 seasons in the majors with seven different clubs. For his career, he has a mediocre 4.55 ERA with 747 strikeouts and 1.35 WHIP.

The Cubs now turn to other bullpen options during free agency to sure up this positional need for the 2019 season.



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