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Braves add Jhoulys Chacin on a minor league contract


CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Braves have added veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on a minor league contract. The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training, where he could compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

Chacin was once an above-average starter with the Rockies, posting a 3.58 ERA (127 ERA+) from 2010-2013, but he was limited to 11 starts in 2014 due to a shoulder issue before being given his release last spring. He pitched with the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate for a stretch before latching on with the Diamondbacks, where he made four starts and one relief appearance while posting a 3.38 ERA and 21/10 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings. While it feels like Chacin has been around forever, he doesn’t turn 28 until January.

As of now, the Braves’ 2016 rotation will likely include Julio Teheran, Matt Wisler, Bud Norris, and some combination of young starters. The team has a bunch of options for those spots, but it’s not hard to imagine Chacin making a handful of starts with the Braves next season.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.