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Braves trade Jhoulys Chacin to the Angels

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Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Braves are trading starter Jhoulys Chacin to the Angels.

Chacin has a 5.40 ERA and 27/8 K/BB ratio in 26 and two-thirds innings over five starts this season for Atlanta, though that’s skewed a bit by his last start against the Mets. For his career he’s 41-51 with a respectable 3.82 ERA and a K/BB ration of 562/298 in 134 games, 118 of which were starts.

The Angels, of course, are in deep doo-doo starting pitching-wise, what with the loss of Garrett Richards to Tommy John surgery and the indefinite absence of Andrew Heaney due to ligament issues of his own.

O’Brien does not yet have word of what the Braves are getting in return. The Angels system is largely bereft of prospects, but Chacin is not exactly someone for whom one can expect a huge haul in return.

UPDATE: Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports that the Angels are sending lefty Adam McCreery to Atlanta. He’s a 22 and was a 22nd round pick in 2014. He has only pitched in rookie ball, where he has a 3.55 ERA in 31 relief appearances.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”