Now that the A's have signed Rich Hill to a one year deal, which guarantees him a spot in the rotation, they have a logjam of starting pitchers. According to their depth chart, Oakland currently has Sonny Gray, Jesse Hahn, Jesse Chavez, Jarrod Parker, Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman, Félix Doubront, and Aaron Brooks.
The A's clearly have more than enough starting pitchers, and could use one of them in a trade to address other areas of need. While it's unclear if this is Oakland's plan, Jeff Passan reported yesterday that teams have shown interest in Chavez.
Sources: Multiple teams have showed significant trade interest in Jesse Chavez. A's could move him after agreeing to terms with Rich Hill.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 18, 2015
Over the last three seasons, Chavez has thrown 360.1 innings, and posted an ERA of 3.85 along with an FIP of 3.73. In that time, he also had a K/9 of 8.17, a BB/9 of 2.92, and a HR/9 of 0.95. While those numbers are undoubtedly worthy of significant interest, it's hard to tell what kind of prospect package Oakland would receive for Chavez.
He's a free agent after the 2016 season, which unfortunately means he's a rental player, as an extension for Chavez seems unlikely. However with Passan reporting that "multiple teams" have shown interest, Oakland might be able to extract a top prospect from a team that's in need of a starting pitcher to shore up their rotation for 2016.