Trading deadline brings back familiar feelings for Jesse Chavez – Orange County Register

TORONTO — Jesse Chavez is an expert on what dozens of major and minor leaguers are going to go through between now and Monday’s trading deadline.

Chavez has been dealt at the deadline three times, including last year from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Dodgers.

“It’s a Catch 22,” Chavez said. “You are wanted, by the team that trades for you. And you look back at the organization you’re leaving and you feel incomplete. … You are wanted and not wanted.”

At the 2006 deadline, Chavez was in Triple-A when he went from the Texas Rangers to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2010, the Atlanta Braves dealt Chavez to the Kansas City Royals in a four-player deal. Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays shipped him to the Dodgers.

Chavez, who has been traded six times overall, said the in-season ones are actually easier to handle.

“You get to be with your new team right away,” said Chavez, who is unlikely to be dealt by the Angels this year.

For his family, though, it’s not so easy. Last year, his wife and their children were visiting Niagara Falls while the Blue Jays were in Houston, when Chavez called her and said she had to go back to Toronto, pack up all their stuff and meet him in Los Angeles.

The 2010 trade was particularly challenging because he’d just finished a 10-game trip with the Braves when the Royals acquired him, just in time to start another 10-game trip.

“I was on a 20-plus day road trip,” Chavez said. “I’ve gone a month with the same suitcase. You just pick up a new T-shirt here or there.”


Troy Scribner got a hint that his major league debut was coming when Keith Johnson, his manager at Triple-A, gave him some packing instructions before Salt Lake City’s current trip.

“Make sure you bring your red stuff,” Johnson told Scribner, who said he has only one Angels red warmup jersey to go with his black and gold Salt Lake City gear.

Sure enough, Scribner was wearing that red jersey in the Angels clubhouse on Friday in…

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