Rockies release Jhoulys Chacin

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MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rockies have released starter Jhoulys Chacin. The right-hander missed most of last season due to right shoulder problems. He also struggled in four appearances this spring, allowing seven runs on 16 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings.

Chacin, 27, was productive in 2013 for the Rockies, finishing with a 3.47 ERA and a 126/61 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings. He didn’t show the same velocity on his fastball that he used to have, though, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Chacin would have slotted into the Rockies’ starting rotation behind Jorge De La Rosa and ahead of Kyle Kendrick.

As Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes, because the Rockies released Chacin now, they’re only obligated to pay him for 45 days or $1,359,890 of his $5.5 million salary. That leaves $4,140,110 remaining.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.