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Brewers Finalize Deals With Starters Jhoulys Chacin, Yovani Gallardo

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The Milwaukee Brewers have bolstered their rotation, as right-handers Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo finalized their deals on Thursday after passing physical exams.

It was reported two Saturdays ago that the Brewers and Gallardo had agreed on a deal; the news of Chacin’s reported deal came a few days later.

According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Chacin’s deal is for two years worth $15.5 million, and Gallardo’s is for one year worth $2 million (non-guaranteed), with an additional $2 million in performance incentives.

Chacin, 29, is coming off a solid 2017 campaign with the San Diego Padres, going 13-10 with a 3.89 ERA in 32 games/starts across 180 1/3 innings.

The nine-year veteran spent the first six seasons of his career (2009-14) with the Colorado Rockies, and put up some decent seasons in hitter’s friendly Coors Field before this past season at pitcher’s friendly Petco Park. Chacin made 31 starts (no relief appearances) in both 2011 and 2013, and posted ERAs of 3.62 and 3.47, respectively, those seasons (3.28 in 2010 in 28 games/21 starts).

“Hi, this is Jhoulys Chacin, really happy to be here (Milwaukee), looking forward to seeing you guys this coming 2018 season, and Happy Holidays everyone!” said Chacin in a video tweet posted by the Brewers on Thursday.

Gallardo, on the other hand, returns to the Brewers after spending the first eight seasons (2007-14) of his Major League career with them. During those years, he was 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA across 1,289 1/3 innings (214 games, 210 starts).

After more success in 2015 with the Texas Rangers (13-11, 3.42 ERA in 33 games/starts), the 31-year-old Gallardo has struggled the last two seasons. He spent 2016 with the Baltimore Orioles and this past season with the Seattle Mariners, going 11-18 with a 5.57 ERA (5-10, 5.72 ERA in 28 games/22 starts in 2017).

The two-time Brewers Pitcher of the Year (2009-10) will look to regain his old form back in Milwaukee after two disappointing seasons. Gallardo still needs to make the Brewers’ Opening Day roster for his base salary of $2 million to be guaranteed, so he’ll definitely have something to prove in Spring Training.

Both signings for the Brewers are important because right-hander Jimmy Nelson (91 games/starts since 2015) will miss the first few months of 2018 recovering from right shoulder surgery.

“With these additions, we feel like we’ve made progress,” said Brewers general manager David Stearns per MLB.com. “We think we’ve helped solidify our pitching unit as a whole and given ourselves some options beyond what we have internally. If other opportunities emerge over the next couple of months, we’re not going to turn our back on those, either.”

Overall, Chacin’s 59-67 with a 3.93 ERA (1,023 innings) in his career, while Gallardo’s 113-93 with a 3.93 ERA (1,722 1/3 innings).

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Brewers Re-Sign Mike Moustakas

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The Milwaukee Brewers have officially re-signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the deal will earn Moustakas $10 million and includes a $3 million buyout along with a $11 million mutual option for 2020.

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Brewers Sign Yasmani Grandal

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The Milwaukee Brewers have signed free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a one-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Grandal had a standing four-year offer from the New York Mets, but opted to land in Milwaukee on a one-year pact.

While Grandal had a nightmare postseason, he still presents a much needed upgrade for the Brewers backstop depth.

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Brewers Sign Jake Petricka

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The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms on a split, major league contract with free agent right hander Jake Petricka, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Petricka, 30, will hold a spot on the 40-man roster as part of the new deal, which is pending a physical.

Petricka pitched the to tune of a 4.53 ERA over 45 2/3 innings last season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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