More San Diego Padres rumors involve starter Jhoulys Chacin. We break down possible scenarios at the deadline involving the right-hander.
With only a week left in baseball’s annual yard sale, rumors and trades should hopefully become fast and furious.
One name not being named with a lot of frequency is Jhoulys Chacin. After a slow start to the season, Chacin has really turned his year around. This is likely what the front office imagined when they signed him, knowing he’s not known for getting off to fast starts.
We have seen some good, such as really strong stats at home. Chacin has a 2.15 ERA at Petco. But there’s some negatives as well, such as some poor stats on the road, including a 7.95 ERA. The good news is, Chacin has pitched much better away from home in his last two starts, and has a 2.19 ERA.
He certainly has done enough to permit his name being in the discussion of the better starting pitching options available, especially over his last nine starts, eight of which were considered “quality starts:, and the ninth being five innings of no run ball.
Over those nine starts his ERA has drooped from 5.77 to where it now sits at 4.26. This gives him am an ERA of 2.72 spanning that nine game time frame.
Since the calendar has flipped to July he has been downright filthy, with a 3-0 record and an ERA of 2.31. This makes him arguably the team’s most effective starter.
Which leads me to the question. Why isn’t his name being mentioned as much as teammate and starter Trevor Cahill?
Enough teams are looking for starting pitching. He would be an absolute perfect fit for a contending team, especially with his team friendly contract at $1.75 million is a steal.
My instincts lead me to believe he will be traded by next Monday’s trade deadline. He has one more start to show why he deserves to be in that discussion.
Which teams could be a calling you ask? We have to conclude that the same teams that would be checking in on Cahill would also be looking at Chacin.
So instead of listing teams prospects who we could land in return. Let’s play General Manager for a day ourselves. Below will include a trade scenario in which would benefit both parties involved. At least on paper anyhow. It involves the Yankees and the Padres.
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In this exercise it will consist of a Padre package of four major leaguers going to the Bronx bombers for four elite Yanks prospects. Sorry Friar faithful, no Gleyber Torres.
Let’s be honest. This will never ever happen. But isn’t that what these last seven days of the deadline are all about? Dream big or go home.