Could former Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin be a good fit for the St. Louis Cardinals?
Chacin signed a minor league contract over the off-season with the Cleveland Indians. Despite pitching 42 innings with 39 hits allowed and a 3.21 record, he couldn’t earn a call-up to the Tribe. So Chacin opted out of his deal to seek greener pastures.
Chacin doesn’t strike out opposing hitters like he used to with 25 whiffs compared to 15 walks this season. But he’s seemingly servicable and the price would be right.
Chacin won 14 games in the big leagues as recently as 2013 when he started 31 games and had a 3.47 ERA pitching half his games at Coors Field.
The Redbirds are going to need another arm at some point to keep the inning counts down for young starters Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez.
Wach, is coming off a stress reaction in his shoulder. The Cardinals seem reluctant to let him, or Martinez pitch more than 180 innings and risk their future.
So Chacin could be an inings eater who would allow the Birds to save Wacha and Martinez for the stretch run and post-season.
While he’s not the top end hurler St. Louis could use to replace injured ace Adam Wainwright in big playoff games. He could be a good bridge. And it would be nice not to have to give up young talent to rent some help for a couple of months.