Proper-hander Jesse Chavez is returning to the Texas Rangers on a two-year deal within the $eight million vary, in accordance to a number of stories.

Chavez, 35, was the spine of the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen within the second half of the 2018 season, permitting simply 5 runs on 26 hits in 39 innings. He walked 5 and struck out 42 in that stretch.

Signed by the Rangers to a $1.5 million deal final spring, Chavez had a three.51 ERA in 56⅓ innings with Texas earlier than being traded to the Cubs for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Thomas on July 19.

Chavez ranked second within the majors in reduction innings with 95⅓, and his 2.55 ERA was the third lowest by a reliever with at the very least 90 innings within the final 10 years.

New Rangers supervisor Chris Woodward has mentioned he needs flexibility in setting up his pitching workers. Chavez was a starter earlier than turning into a reduction specialist.

Over 11 seasons, he has performed for 9 groups. His scoreless inning in reduction within the Nationwide League wild-card recreation in opposition to the Rockies was his first postseason look.

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