We haven’t heard much about right-hander Jhoulys Chacin since he was released by the Rockies during spring training, but he’s back in the majors now as a member of the suddenly-relevant Diamondbacks and will start tonight against the Cardinals.
Chacin was a solid starter from 2010-2013, but he had a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts last season while dealing with shoulder issues and was cut loose by Colorado this spring after an awful showing during Cactus League action. The 27-year-old latched on with the Indians from there and posted a 3.21 ERA over seven starts at Triple-A Columbus before using an opt-out clause in his contract. He signed with the Diamondbacks two months ago and has posted a 3.39 ERA and 61/29 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings over 12 starts.
The Diamondbacks will enter play tonight just five games back of the Dodgers in the NL West. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Chacin is pitching tonight to give the other starters an extra day of rest. Randall Delgado made a spot start over the on Saturday after Jeremy Hellickson landed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but Chacin could stick in the rotation if the Diamondbacks decide to move Delgado back to the bullpen.
The Cleveland Indians have either traded two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers or are on the verge of doing so. Jon Heyman says the deal is done. Others are reporting that it’s close. It is not clear yet what the Indians will be receiving in return in what seems like an inevitable transaction.
Kluber made only seven starts this past year thanks to a broken arm and a strained oblique muscle. When he did pitch he was no great shakes, posting a 5.80 ERA and 44 hits in 35.2 innings. Those were freak injuries that do not suggest long-term problems, however, so there’s a good reason to think he’ll bounce back to useful form, even if it’s a tough ask for him to return to the form that won him the 2014 and 2017 Cy Young Award.
Before his injury-wracked 2019 campaign, Kluber pitched over 200 innings in each of his previous five seasons so mileage could be an issue. For his career he’s 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA (134 ERA+), a 2.99 FIP, and a K/BB ratio of 1,461/292 over 1,341.2 innings in nine big league seasons.
Unless there is cash coming from Cleveland in the deal, the Rangers will be paying him $17.5 million this year and a 2021 option of $14 million pursuant to the five-year, $38.5 million contract he inked with Cleveland before the 2015 season.