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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).

American League

Yankees Interested in Zack Wheeler

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It appears that the New York Yankees aren’t done addressing their rotation following their trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for J.A. Happ, who turned in a brilliant debut performance in their win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees are among a few teams that are interested in New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Among the Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Milwaukee Brewers are also reportedly interested.

Wheeler’s name has been popping up after he has posted a 3.20 ERA over his past 11 starts.

While his 4.11 ERA for the season still looks shaky, he has shown solid improvement during his recent hot streak.

 

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Chicago White Sox

Brewers Acquire Joakim Soria From White Sox

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The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday in exchange for two minor-league pitchers, the team officially announced.

Along with Soria, the Brewers also receive cash considerations as part of the deal.

Chicago lands left-hander Kodi Medeiros, 22, and right-hander Wilber Perez, 20 in return.

Soria is due around $3 million the rest of the year and has a $1 million buyout on a $10 million mutual option in 2019.

 

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Orioles Have Deal in Place for Manny Machado

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The Baltimore Orioles have a deal in place involving shortstop Manny Machado and are working through the specifics, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

While the team has not been identified, both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been diligent, while the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, and Arizona Diamondbacks have also been linked to a trade for Machado.

Philadelphia was the “most likely destination” for Machado because of the Phillies’ willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina, according to MLB.com on Monday.

Machado addressed the media Monday and discussed the trade rumors.

“The only thing I’ve ever known has been the Orioles organization,” he said. “They drafted me, I came up with them, played with them. So I don’t know anything different.”

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