Report: Dodgers, Zaidi have interest in A's Jesse Chavez
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi has a lengthy history with the Oakland Athletics, dating back to his years as Billy Beane's assistant GM.
So it's within that context that it doesn't seem surprising to hear that Zaidi has his sights on an A's pitcher - right-hander Jesse Chavez, in fact.
Chavez pitched for the A's on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, hours after ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon sent out the following tweet indicating that Zaidi has had his eyes on Chavez for quite some time:
I'm told that Farhan Zaidi has been interested in acquiring tonight's Oakland starter, Jesse Chavez, since the day he got the #Dodgers job— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 29, 2015
Chavez's name has surfaced in trade rumors and speculation over the past few weeks, though it's unclear if the A's plan to trade him to a contender. They certainly don't 'need' to in the same way Beane has with other players, considering his low salary and the fact that he's eligible for arbitration after this season - and won't be a free agent until at least 2017.
In 2015, Chavez is 5-10 with a respectable 3.53 ERA, and all-time he's 22-33 with a 4.43 in his eight-year MLB career.