Colorado Rockies release Jhoulys Chacin – Purple Row
The move comes just a couple of weeks before the start of the season.
In the summary to Jhoulys Chacin’s start yesterday, I wrote this: “While Chacin doesn’t appear to be injured, he also doesn’t appear to be totally right. Still, there’s no indication right now that he won’t begin the season in the starting rotation.”
Unambiguous indication has now been received: The Rockies have released Jhoulys Chacin. The move ends the tenure of one of the most talented pitchers the Rockies have ever employed.
On the one hand, Chacin’s release is surprising. The Rockies and Chacin, who is just 27, agreed to a $5.5 million contract in January, which was more than half a million more than MLB Trade Rumors’ Matt Swartz predicted. It was Chacin’s final contract before becoming a free agent after the season. Not only that, but the Rockies need major league pitchers to populate the starting rotation. Seen from another angle, many people were surprised that the Rockies even decided to tender Chacin a contract in the offseason.
On the other hand, it’s an unsurprising move. Chacin began 2014 on the disabled list with shoulder troubles. He returned to make eleven starts, but he was not himself. His velocity was gone and his breaking balls had no bite. So far this spring, Chacin’s performances have been similarly uninspiring. In his start yesterday, he showed that some of his velocity returned. Yet, he had trouble getting batters out.
It’s likely that the Rockies always considered it a possibility that they would have to cut Chacin before the season began. According to Joel Sherman (tweet), Chacin earned just $1.4 million of the $5.5 million agreement he and the team came to in January. The Rockies essentially paid a small portion of his contract to find out whether or not he was still worth keeping on the roster for the entirety of 2015. It was a smart risk, even if it didn’t turn out the way we all wanted it to.
Chacin was with the Rockies organization for just over a decade. The Rockies signed him as an amateur free agent in 2004. From 2007 to 2009, … – Click Here To Visit Article Source