On Saturday, the Padres signed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a one-year deal, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Chacin will earn $1.75 million.
Heyman adds that Chacin turned down “significantly more money” because the Padres offer him an opportunity in the starting rotation.
Chacin, 28, made 22 starts and 12 relief appearances between the Braves and Angels last season, finishing with a 4.81 ERA and a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings. With the Padres’ rotation as thin as it is, Chacin might end up starting on Opening Day.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.