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The Chicago White Sox have announced their list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training, which includes infielder Danny Mendick and right-hander Jesse Chavez. Mendick is a client of Icon Sports Management, while Chavez is represented by Apex Baseball. This news confirms previously reported deals for both players.
The White Sox released a list of non-roster invitees to big league Spring Training, which included many names on previously-reported deals as well as Danny Mendick. The infielder is a client of Icon Sports Management. Right-hander Jesse Chavez has also signed a minor league deal and been added to that NRI list, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The righty is repped by Apex Baseball.
Chavez, a 40-year-old right-hander, has played in 16 MLB seasons and is looking to add a 17th season in 2024. He had a successful season with the Atlanta Braves in 2023, posting a 1.56 earned run average. However, while his numbers may suggest dominance, his batting average on balls in play and strand rate indicate some luck. Nevertheless, his strikeout rate, walk rate, ground ball rate, FIP, and SIERA all point to him being an effective pitcher.
That surely makes him look more dominant than he actually was, as his .273 batting average on balls in play and 81.2% strand rate were both on the lucky side. But his 27.1% strikeout rate, 8.3% walk rate, 51.7% ground ball rate, 3.05 FIP and 3.35 SIERA all suggest he was still quite an effective pitcher.
Chavez recently stated that he will likely retire after the upcoming season. While he found success with the Atlanta Braves, he may have viewed the Chicago White Sox as an opportunity to secure a significant role in 2024. The White Sox have made several changes to their bullpen since last summer, creating room for a veteran like Chavez. They have added pitchers like John Brebbia and free agent signings, and are also considering stretching out Garrett Crochet as a starter.
The righty recently stated that he will "probably" retire after the upcoming campaign. Much of his recent success has come with Atlanta, but it's possible he viewed Chicago as a greater chance to carve out a sizeable role this year. There are many talented arms in the Atlanta bullpen whereas the White Sox have subtracted many of their best relievers.