Blue Jays Reject Offer From Japan For Jesse Chavez

The Blue Jays have rejected an offer from the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for pitcher Jesse Chavez according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. The Hawks offered Toronto $1MM and would have paid the right-hander $3MM over two years. Chavez's agent Paul Cobbe declined to comment.

Chavez, 28, has pitched to a 3.72 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in 58 innings across ten Triple-A starts. He owns a 5.36 ERA in 152 2/3 big league relief innings with the Pirates, Braves, and Royals. He's been involved in trades for Akinori Iwamura, Rafael Soriano, Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth. Toronto removed Chavez from the 40-man roster this offseason.

The Hawks released Brad Penny a few weeks ago and are presumably looking to replace the pitching depth.

15 Responses to Blue Jays Reject Offer From Japan For Jesse Chavez Leave a Reply

  1. Runtime 3 years ago

    1MM? Blue Jays ownership makes that in 1 day off cell phone bills…

  2. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

    Why would the Blue Jays not jump at the chance to make this deal?  You know, take the money and run…for a player they don’t think enough of to even roster?  He’s not in their plans! 

    I hope there’s more to this story-like Jesse Chavez doesn’t want to go.  Then again, he’s got 3 million reasons to say yes.  Hmm….3 million, or toiling as a non roster player in AAA?  For an organization that doesn’t really want you around.  

    • Igrashi wasn’t on the Jays 40-man roster as of a couple days ago, he is now pitching with the big league team. Just because you aren’t on the 40-man roster, it doesn’t mean you can’t be and won’t be called up to pitch. He’s probably next up if a a young starter is sent down or there is an injury. The 51’s really have nobody else to offer behind Chavez, so it makes perfect sense to keep him around.

  3. deere5800 3 years ago

    Well after last night’s game maybe they think they need all the pitching they can get.

  4. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    He’s next in line if someone goes down with an injury, so I understand the jays not sending him

    however its got to suck for him to know that he could have got a 3 million dollar pay day

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

       He is viewed as utterly and completely disposable to the Jays.  That is the life and reality of players removed from the roster but kept in the organization.  I doubt he ever sees the Blue Jays mound, no matter who goes down or how well he does in AAA.

      They are keeping him because they can-there’s plenty of fodder out there to stock AAA if the Jays would just look. 

      The next time your favorite organization gets highway robbed by a free agent signing, you can look at it as payback for the way the Jesse Chavez’s of the world are handled-we don’t want him, you can’t have him.

      • johnsmith4 3 years ago

        Is that you Paul Cobbe?

      • LordBanana 3 years ago

        Then why did they say no?

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        you have no background on whats going on so all of this is uninformed opinion

      • johnsmith4 3 years ago

        Might be activated on the 25-man roster by tomorrow.  Jays bullpen pitched over 16 innings today and yesterday.  Drabek starts tomorrow and rarely goes past the 6th inning.

        • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

           I just checked-Chavez has not been placed on the 40 man, 25 man, or sold or sold as of 11:04 a.m. central time.

          I’m telling you, I would be shocked if he saw the mound in Jays uniform.

  5. spartanbill 3 years ago

    Does the player get any say as to whether he wants to move to Japan or not?  While some players might embrace the experience, others may not want that experience.

  6. Well he can’t hit, so I suppose it does explain how he keeps getting major league jobs.

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