Rockies demote righty Jhoulys Chacin and his 7.30 ERA

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Jhoulys Chacin posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 in 333-plus innings between 2010-2011, becoming one of the only reliable members of an ever-fluctuating Colorado starting rotation. But the good times have suddenly come to a screeching halt for the 24-year-old Rockies right-hander.

Chacin allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday night against the Dodgers and was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday night as the owner of a 7.30 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 22/15 K/BB ratio through five starts.

The Rockies are expected to make a corresponding roster move before Friday’s game and will need to name a new starter by Monday. Jeremy Guthrie is still at least a week away from returning from a sprained right shoulder, so Colorado may look to prospect Alex White to fill the now-vacant rotation spot.

Chacin will presumably be brought back quickly if he begins having better results down on the farm.

Report: Phillies interested in Manny Machado; Orioles have done homework on Phillies’ minor league system

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there hasn’t been much in the way of progress on a contract extension between the two sides. It seems as if Machado will test the open market next offseason.

The Phillies, currently with relatively minuscule obligations for the 2018 season and beyond, are expected to be big players for Machado, as well as other potential free agents like Bryce Harper. In fact, the Phillies may not even want to wait until next offseason, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the club has expressed interest in Machado to the Orioles. In return, the O’s have been doing their homework on the Phillies’ minor league system.

Kubatko notes that the Orioles like, in particular, Phillies prospects Sixto Sanchez and Scott Kingery. The Phillies may be hesitant to part with either considering they can get Machado for a lot of cash but no prospects next winter. MLB Pipeline rates Sanchez as the Phillies’ best pitching prospect and the second-best prospect overall in the system. Kingery is third overall and the top infielder. While the Phillies’ system is among the best in baseball, its notable weakness is pitching, so parting with Sanchez — who throws in the upper 90’s and can hit triple digits — would be a big ask. Kingery is seen as the club’s next second baseman of the future, so much so that the Phillies are shopping Cesar Hernandez at the Winter Meetings.

As usual with rumors during the Winter Meetings, there may be some smoke but no actual fire here. The Orioles are likely to get continued interest in Machado from many teams between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They are simply doing their due diligence by seeing what the Phillies and others have to offer for Machado.