Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Yankees to Dig Back In to Bargain Bin?

Will the New York Yankees dip back into the bargain bin and sign another free agent starting pitcher for insurance this spring? The Colorado Rockies have released right handed starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in a surprise move since the RHP is a former ace for the Rockies. Granted, Chacin has struggled this spring but spring training stats and a buck will get you a Coke.

Chacin went 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA last season and somehow raised that this spring in the Cactus League to 6.52 in just four appearances. Chacin made just two starts this spring striking out five batters in 9.2 IP. The Rockies felt like Chacin was behind the plethora of starting pitching options Colorado currently has which brought the move on, the move that could be the Yankees gain and the Rockies loss.

Chacin was 38-48 in six seasons all with Colorado posting a 3.78 ERA. Chacin’s career season to dat came in 2013 when he posted a 14-10 record with a 3.47 ERA inside Coors Field. If the Yankees can get him for cheap, i.e. a minor league deal, and bring him along slowly I think he could be an absolute steal for the team in the long run.


  1. While part of me believes a pitcher doesn't forget how to pitch, and could very well regain his effectiveness, Chacin's shoulder is too concerning. He's missed 209 games since the 2012 season because of it. Then again, he is only 27 years old, so we're not talking about a guy already on the downside of his career.

    1. Imagine if New York used Pineda's shoulder against him and prematurely gave up on him. I know you're not doing that but the shoulder isn't the end all be all for me.

      I did also mention a minor league deal for Chacin.

    2. Oh, I didn't mean to imply a MLB deal. I think it's worth a shot... sure. What minor league deal isn't?

    3. No doubt. If they can get him on a minor league deal I would sign it all day long. I would even be willing to give him a 40 man roster spot if it came down to him signing with us or the Dodgers, who are signing everyone.


Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)