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Rockies name Jhoulys Chacin as Opening Day starter

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First-year manager Walt Weiss announced that Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day for the Rockies.

Around this time last year Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd was publicly questioning Chacin’s offseason conditioning in Venezuela and then in May the right-hander was demoted to Triple-A only to be placed on the disabled list with a chest injury.

Chacin returned to the Rockies’ rotation four months later and finished strong, throwing 44 innings with a 2.84 ERA in nine August and September starts, although his 23/17 K/BB ratio during that time was hardly impressive.

With a 3.62 ERA in 67 career starts Chacin has been one of the most successful Rockies pitchers in recent memory, but his getting the Opening Day assignment after an up-and-down 2012 also speaks to the overall weakness of the current rotation.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.