The Toronto Blue Jays made a move to bolster their starting rotation; no they didn’t resign David Price. They did however send right-handed reliever Liam Hendriks to the Oakland Athletics for RHP Jesse Chavez.
Chavez was 7-15 on a struggling Athletics team last season however he pitched 157 innings over a span of 30 games with an ERA of 4.18. Chavez was acquired to bring much needed pitching depth to the Jays rotation. Arbitration eligible at the end of the year, Chavez is set to make 4.7 million dollars this season This trade makes room for Rich Hill in the rotation after Oakland signed him to a 1-year $6 million contract.
Going the other way is relief pitcher Liam Hendriks. The Australian-born pitcher had an impressive season for a very good Blue Jays team. Hendriks saw action in 58 games striking out 71 batters, with a 2.92 ERA; the Jays pitcher had a 5-0 record. Before this season he had a total of 3 career wins in 4 seasons. Coming off his best season, the A’s are hoping that he can have a repeat performance in 2016.
This is a trade that has the potential to be beneficial for both teams. The Jays get some insurance for their rotation if needed while Oakland makes their bullpen stronger on their end of the deal.