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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 Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Astros, Brewers Interested in Noah Syndergaard

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New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is drawing some interest as the trade deadline approaches.

According to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers are two teams that are monitoring Syndergaard as the deadline approaches.

The MLB trade deadline is July 31st.

Per the report, the Mets “aren’t soliciting offers,” and the cost “would have to be high” if they were to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, has struggled this season, but a change of scenery may get him back on track. So far this season, he has posted a 4.68 ERA, but has showed ace potential in the past. 

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Brewers’ Gio Gonzalez Suffers Setback

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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Gio Gonzalez has suffered a setback during a recent bullpen session, according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.

Gonzalez, who landed on the injured list back on June 1st due to a dead arm, felt soreness during a bullpens session and isn’t expected to return until after the All-Star break.

Gonzalez, 33, joined the Brewers in late April.

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