There’s yet another pitcher that the Marlins will be targeting this offseason in an attempt to bolster their depleted rotation. According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Marlins could take a look at right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
Chacin, 28, is a starting pitcher that can give what the Marlins are looking for: a low-cost option that can fill a spot in the rotation. Chacin was paid $1.1 million for one year last season.
Miami has one rotation spot open after they signed Edinson Volquez. Jose Urena, Justin Nicolino, and Jake Esch are all pitchers currently with the team that could compete for that spot. However, Miami might want Chacin now so those three pitchers can take more time to develop before they become a full-time starter.
Chacin has spent most of his career with the Colorado Rockies. He was considered a top prospect in the Rockies organization in 2009. He led all NL rookies in strikeouts with 138 in his rookie season in 2010. In 2011, he finished with 87 walks, which led the NL. Two years later, he gave Colorado a semblance of an ace when he went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 197.1 innings pitched.
His last season with Colorado was his worst, as he went 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA. The Venezuelan native would pitch for the Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, and the Los Angeles Angels after being cut by Colorado before the 2015 season. Chacin has a respectable 0.83 HR/9 over his career, and this number should stay steady if he were to pitch in Marlins Park. Over his career, Chacin is 46-57 with a 3.94 ERA and 654 strikeouts.