Chacin is expected to sign a major-league deal with the Rockies ahead of Thursday's season opener against the Dodgers, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The 33-year-old was released by the Yankees on Monday and didn't take long to latch on with a new team. Chacin spent the first six seasons of his big-league career with the Rockies and has bounced between the Diamondbacks, Angels, Braves, Padres, Brewers, Red Sox and Yankees since 2015. Colorado appeared to have its rotation set to begin the season, but the veteran right-hander could displace Chi Chi Gonzalez at the back end until Kyle Freeland (shoulder) returns from the injured list.
The Yankees released Chacin on Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Chacin was given the chance to compete for the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation this spring, but he quickly became an afterthought when Domingo German and Deivi Garcia emerged as the clear top candidates for that job. Rather than accepting an assignment to the Yankees' minor-league camp to begin the season, Chacin will weigh his options with other organizations.
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.
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