The Twins are willing to take a flier on a pitcher who could prove to be a source of innings in the summer of 2020. The team has agreed to a minor league deal with free agent pitcher Jhoulys Chacín, according to reports, presumably with an invitation to the club’s Major League spring training.
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Chacín, 32, last pitched with the Red Sox and also spent time with the Brewers in 2019. He had a 6.01 ERA last season, but the previous two seasons he posted ERA marks of 3.50 and 3.89, respectively, in a combined 370 innings.
When healthy, he’s the type of pitcher who should have a shot to crack the pitching staff. The Twins appear strong in the bullpen and relatively thin on starting options. At least until Michael Pineda returns from his suspension (mid-May), and Rich Hill returns from his elbow surgery (began his throwing program last week), there figures to be room for someone to take hold of a spot on the staff.
Chacín for his career has a 4.03 ERA in more than 1,300 innings, with a modest 18.9% strikeout rate.
The Twins ought to have other options in the starting rotation, too, behind the penciled-in trio of Jake Odorizzi, José Berríos and Homer Bailey. Add Chacín’s name to that list behind those three guys.