The hot stove produced another deal Friday night, with the Oakland Athletics sending right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Blue Jays for right-hander Liam Hendriks, a trade confirmed by CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman.
Chavez, a 32-year-old a year from free agency, has posted a 3.83 ERA over 47 starts during the past two seasons with the Athletics. He joins a rotation that includes Marcus Stroman, R.A. Dickey, Marco Estrada and Drew Hutchison, though the Jays have been reportedly active in courting free agents.
Hendriks, who turns 27 in February, had his best season in 2015, posting a 2.92 ERA with a 71 strikeouts and 11 walks in 64 2/3 innings. Before the 2015 season, Hendriks had posted a 5.92 ERA in 188 2/3 major-league innings with three teams. At this point in the A’s roster construction, he figures to be a primary setup man for closer Sean Doolittle. The A’s recently signed left-hander Rich Hill to their rotation, which also includes Sonny Gray, Chris Bassitt, Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman. Aaron Brooks, Felix Doubront and rookie Sean Manaea also figure to compete for starts.
It has been a relatively busy Friday for teams, with Cameron Maybin going back the Tigers, his first organization, for left-hander Ian Krol and minor-league pitcher Gabe Speier in one of three other trades completed before the Chavez-for-Hendriks news broke.
Liam Hendriks and Jesse Chavez are trading roster spots. (USATSI)
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