Chacin has been named among a group of pitchers likely to compete for a rotation spot during spring training, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports. Manager Aaron Boone specifically mentioned Chacin as a possible option for the fifth-starter role to begin the season, though a handful of other hurlers were also pointed out as part of the competition. Chacin hasn't thrown well since the 2018 campaign, so he appears to be a longshot to crack the Opening Day rotation.
Chacin signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports. The veteran righty was quite a useful option not too long ago, posting a 3.50 ERA in 35 starts for the Brewers in 2018. Heading into his age-34 season, however, it's not clear he's that guy any more, as he threw just five innings of relief for the Braves last season and owns a 6.06 ERA over the last two campaigns combined.
Chacin cleared waivers and was outrighted to the alternate training site Monday. Chacin wasn't able to find another spot in a major-league bullpen on waivers, so he'll head to the alternate training site to continue working. The right-hander recorded a 7.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over five major-league innings this season and could be an option to fill in as a reliever for the Braves if injuries occur.
Chacin was designated for assignment by the Braves on Saturday. Chacin opted out of his minor-league contract with the Twins before the season began in order to sign a major-league deal with the Braves, but he'll now be removed from the 40-man roster after making two relief appearances. The right-hander was sharp in his first start but struggled in Friday's contest. Over five innings, Chacin recorded a 7.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP to begin the season. It's unclear whether he'll find a spot on another team's roster for the rest of the 2020 season.
Chacin (1-0) earned the win Sunday with 3.2 innings of scoreless pitching. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one versus the Mets. Chacin was used in tandem with Sean Newcomb, who started the game for the Braves. The 32-year-old Chacin will likely work out of the bullpen in 2020, mostly in a long-relief or piggyback role behind a starter. He posted a 6.01 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 101 strikeouts in 103.1 innings between the Brewers and Red Sox in 2019.