The Hot Stove seems to be getting warmer by the day. According to Ken Rosenthal via Twitter. The Milwaukee Brewers are close to an agreement with free agent pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. The terms of the contract are not yet known.
In 2017, Chacin’s overall numbers look very decent. He went 13-10 with an ERA of 3.89 with the San Diego Padres. Anyone following the news will most likely be aware of his home and road splits. Inside of Petco Park, he owned an astounding ERA of just 1.79 and a record of 9-3, but when Chacin would leave the pitcher-friendly venue the results looked much different.
Outside of Petco, Chacin posted a 6.53 ERA and owned a record of 4-7. He should remind Milwaukee Brewers fans of Zach Davies. Davies in Miller Park owned an ERA of 5.82, but on the road, he possessed a 2.04 in 2017.
Chacin’s success should not just be judged by his 2017 campaign. He owns a career Era of 3.93. Keep in mind he spent 6 years pitching in Coors Field in Colorado. What is even more impressive about Chacin. He owns a 3.78 career ERA in the time he spent on the Rockies. That puts him in the same company as former Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, who owns a career Era of 3.66 at Coors.
Unlike Jimenez, Chacin has endured a tad more success since ending his time in Colorado. As mentioned earlier. We do not know the details of the deal quite yet. However, going on past deals. We can look at the contract the Pittsburgh Pirates gave Ivan Nova in 2016. Nova signed a three year 26 million dollar deal with Pittsburgh after going 5-2, 3.06 ERA in 2016 when they acquired Nova from the Yankees.
Going by that deal we can assume Chacin who will be 30 on January, 7th will sign for 2 years at 20 million dollars.
This is an incredibly smart signing by Milwaukee. Chacin is one of the most overlooked arms on the market right now. While the other teams are bidding on the more pricey portion of the market. Stearns jumping on Chacin could prove to be a great move for Milwaukee.