Before the MLB trade deadline in 2010, the Royals signed a five-player deal with the Atlanta Braves.
The Royals sent outfielder Rick Enkiel and pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to Atlanta for outfielder Gregor Blanco and pitchers Tim Collins and Jesse Chavez.
“Statistically, he’s had some rough rides this year,” Dayton Moore, then the Royals’ general manager, told The Star of Chavez, “but we like his arm, and we He likes his side.”
For Chavez, then 26, it was his fourth time being sent to a new team.
The Rangers, who drafted Chavez in 2002, traded him to the Pirates four years later. In 2009, he was traded to the Rays, who traded him to the Braves a month later. Then it was on to the Royals.
Little did Chavez know, but this was just the beginning of his nomadic baseball career.
He was released after the 2011 season after appearing in 27 games with the Royals. The Blue Jays picked Chavez off waivers, but he was traded to the A’s during the 2012 season.
Chavez stuck with the A’s until the 2016 trade deadline when he was sent back to the Blue Jays. After signing as a free agent with the Angels (for the 2017 season) and then the Rangers (2018), he was traded to the Cubs in July 2018.
A free agent streak followed, as he signed with the Rangers (playing there in 2019–20), then the Braves (2021) and Cubs (2022). He was traded to Atlanta in April, sending him to the Angels before the trade deadline.
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That’s two trades this season and 10 in his 15-year career, earning him the honor of “Most Traded Player” by MLB.com.
Chavez, who turns 39 on Sunday, told The Athletic’s Sam Blum that his children, ages 7, 12 and 18, are often the hardest to trade.
As he said in a 2018 interview with ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, it’s one of the reasons he has two must-haves for any move to a new city with his wife, Crystal, and kids.
“I’d say Xbox and PlayStation,” Chavez said with a laugh. “Good for me and the kids. Mainly me.”
Chavez realizes all trades are part of the business of baseball. Although he has struggled with the Angels, Chavez has a 2.66 ERA this season. He has a good attitude about being part of many deals.
“I don’t know. It all depends on how people want to look at it,” Chavez told The Athletic. “I’m just a good guy or a bad guy. It all depends. I feel like I’ve been on the good side.”