Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks signed outfielder Oswaldo Arcia on Tuesday.
Arcia, 25, spent the 2016 season with four teams: the Twins, Rays, Marlins, and Padres. He racked up a total of 222 plate appearances, batting .203/.270/.366 with eight home runs and 23 RBI. Arcia showed some promise in his first two years in the league with the Twins so the Diamondbacks are hoping he can rediscover that.
It’s still unknown if Arcia’s deal is a major or minor league deal. If it’s a major league deal, Arcia is likely looking at a bench role. If it’s a minor league deal, he will have to perform well in spring to find his way onto the Diamondbacks’ 25-man roster.
The Pirates have signed pitcher Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million deal, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Hudson, 29, has been a reliever for the last two seasons. As such, he’ll add depth to the Pirates’ bullpen. As Passan notes, Hudson has “a potential path” to the closer’s role as the club is expected to eventually trade Tony Watson.
Hudson posted a 5.22 ERA with a 58/22 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings last season after putting up a 3.86 ERA in 2015, both with the Diamondbacks. Since moving to relief work, Hudson’s fastball has sat in the mid-90’s. He’ll be the latest reclamation project for pitching coach Ray Searage.
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.