Yesterday, the inevitable happened as the Angels announced they have released Jesse Chavez. Should the Braves be interested in a reunion?
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) August 29, 2022
A journeyman pitcher for nearly two decades, Chavez signed a minor-league deal with the Braves last year after contemplating retirement. A couple of months later, he was in the majors, and the rest is history. Chavez went on to become a critical piece of Atlanta’s bullpen, recording a 2.14 ERA over 33.2 regular season innings. And he was even better in the playoffs, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings.
I’m not sure what it is about Atlanta, but for some reason, Chavez really seems to enjoy pitching in a Braves uniform. He was lights out again this season, recording a 2.11 ERA over 38.1 innings, even though nearly all of the advanced metrics from Baseball Savant suggested he was a below-average pitcher. Maybe it’s something in the water; I can’t explain it, but Chavez simply just pitches better with the Braves. That’s why it was so surprising when it came out that he was included in the trade with the Angels for Raisel Iglesias.