Royals Claim Laffey, Designate Chavez

The Royals announced today they've claimed lefty Aaron Laffey off outright waivers from the Yankees and designated reliever Jesse Chavez to create a 40-man roster spot.

Laffey, 26, posted a 3.88 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 1.18 HR/9, and 48.1% groundball rate in 53 1/3 innings for the Mariners and Yankees this year.  He wasn't any better against left-handed hitters.  Earlier today, Joe Pawlikowski of River Ave. Blues wrote that Laffey was an expected victim of the Yankees' upcoming 40-man roster crunch.

Chavez, 28, had joined the Royals at last year's trade deadline in the Rick Ankiel/Kyle Farnsworth deal.  He struggled mightily in the Majors this year but had a 3.75 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, and 0.9 HR/9 in 57 2/3 Triple-A innings.  Chavez averaged 94.5 miles per hour on his fastball the last few years, but that dropped a full two miles per hour this year in the Majors.

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7 Comments on "Royals Claim Laffey, Designate Chavez"

3 years 10 months ago

Laffey is a slight upgrade, but that’s not saying much – Chavez is just awful and has no place on the roster.

3 years 10 months ago

I’m glad that I no longer have to look at that creepy mustache. 

3 years 10 months ago

Two years younger and a lefty…Laffey has more upside than Chavez.  Plus once other teams fill their 40-mans, KC might be able to sneak him through outright waivers. 

D.j. Wilson
3 years 10 months ago

Welcome to Kansas City, Aaron. Tim Collins will be happy to have another lefty in the ‘pen with him

3 years 10 months ago

With the way Collins pitched the second half of the season, Laffey might be welcome to have Collins as HIS second guy.

3 years 10 months ago

I remember Jesse Chavez on the Bucs. He looked like a pederast with that mustache. 

3 years 10 months ago

Braves, Rangers – they get many from these teams as well.

So what?