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.