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Angels sign Jesse Chavez, hope to use him in starting rotation

Angels sign Jesse Chavez, hope to use him in starting rotation

The Angels on Friday agreed to sign swingman right-hander Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract worth $5.75 million with additional available incentives for starting games, according to a source who requested anonymity because the deal is not yet official.

The 33-year-old San Gabriel native will enter spring training as a starting pitcher. He worked exclusively as a reliever in 2016 for Toronto and the Dodgers, but started for most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

For his nine-year career, Chavez has logged a 4.54 earned-run average in 604 2/3 innings. More recently, he has found greater success. He had a 3.45 ERA two years ago.

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