Chicago Cubs acquire Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez

The Cubs moved to add depth to their bullpen

The Cubs moved to strengthen their relief corps tonight as they acquired right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Ricky Tyler Thomas.

Chavez, 34, joined the Rangers as a free agent this winter. He’s been a starting pitcher three of the past four seasons and has struggled in that role. The Rangers signed Chavez this winter and returned him to the bullpen, where he has thrived. Chavez has gone 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA with one save and three holds. For the Cubs, his biggest appeal is likely his control. This season, he’s struck out 50 and walked only 12 in 56 13 innings.

Chavez is also a pitcher who has been badly hurt by the supercharged hitters’ environment of Globe Life Park. At home, Chavez has allowed a whopping seven home runs in just 28 innings, leading to a 5.14 ERA. On the road, however, Chavez has allowed three in 28 innings and sports an ERA of 1.91. His batting average against at home is .304. Away from Arlington, hitters can only manage a .217 average on Chavez.

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