The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez from the Athletics in a deal that will send Liam Hendriks to Oakland, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The deal is a one-for-one swap.
Chavez, 32, has drawn significant trade interest from many teams this offseason and was made expendable by Oakland's recent signing of left-hander Rich Hill. Toronto has been known to be looking to add starting help this winter, and will add Chavez just a week after re-signing Marco Estrada to a 2-year deal.
Chavez is a veteran of eight major-league seasons, posting a career 4.55 ERA in 253 appearances (49 starts) with the Pirates (2008-09), Braves (2010), Royals (2011-12), Blue Jays (2012) and Athletics (2012-15). He has the ability to work as both a starter and reliever, giving Toronto another rotation option alongside Estrada, Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison and R.A. Dickey. Chavez is only under control for one more season, and will hit free agency next winter.
Hendriks, 26, posted a solid 2.92 ERA out of the bullpen for Toronto last season and will provide relief depth for the Athletics. The Australian right-hander is under team control for four seasons, and is thought to be a rotation candidate as well as a solid reliever.
For Oakland, the goal of the deal is to swap Chavez, who is only under contract for one more season, for another high-upside arm that is more controllable in Hendriks.