Blue Jays Acquire RHP Jesse Chavez Via Trade With Athletics

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired starting pitcher Jesse Chavez via a trade with the Oakland Athletics, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

In return, the Oakland A's will receive 26-year-old righty Liam Hendriks. The former Minnesota Twins starter worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time in his first full year with the Blue Jays in 2015, posting a 2.92 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 71/11 K/BB ratio in 64.2 innings pitched (58 appearances). Toronto acquired him via a trade with the Kansas City Royals last year.

Chavez, 32, went 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 136/48 K/BB ratio in 30 appearances for the A's last season (26 starts). A free agent after the 2016 campaign, Chavez is a solid back-end rotation option who is just one year removed from his best MLB season. In 2014, the veteran righty went 8-8 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 136/49 K/BB ratio in 32 appearances (21 starts).

The move serves as a short-term boost for the Blue Jays and a long-term catch for the A's. While Chavez hits the open market after next season, Hendriks has four years left of team control on his contract.

Toronto reportedly pursued a trade for Chavez before this past July's MLB Trade Deadline. Talks rekindled between the two clubs over the past several days.

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