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Pitcher Jesse Chavez reaches $2.15 million, 1-year deal with Athletics, avoids arbitration

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OAKLAND, California — Right-hander Jesse Chavez and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $2.15 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Chavez stepped in as a key member of the rotation in 2014 when projected starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin were each lost for the year to elbow injuries that required surgery.

Chavez, 31, went 8-8 with a 3.45 ERA with 21 starts and 32 appearances for a career-high 146 innings last year, when he made $775,000. The wins were his most in parts of seven major league seasons with Oakland, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Toronto. He had started two games total before last year.

He started through late July, when the A's traded for Jon Lester to join a rotation that also added Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija earlier that month.

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