Padres add Chacin to rotation mix

Padres add Chacin to rotation mix

SAN DIEGO -- Free agent right-hander Jhoulys Chacin has agreed to a one-year Major League deal with the Padres pending a physical, a team source told MLB.com on Saturday.

The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Chacin started the 2016 season with the Braves before being traded to the Angels in May. In 34 appearances between the two teams, 22 of them starts, Chacin went 6-8 with a 4.81 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 144 innings.

Chacin pitched well at the end of the season for the Angels, posting a 0.75 ERA in his final four starts against the Astros (twice), Rangers and Mariners. The 28-year-old has also pitched for the Rockies and D-backs in his eight-year Major League career.

With the Padres' rotation in flux, Chacin will be given every opportunity to compete for a starting job in Spring Training. Christian Friedrich and Luis Perdomo have likely secured places in the starting five, but the other three spots remain entirely up for grabs. With that in mind, the Padres would like to sign at least two more big league-caliber arms to compete for rotation jobs during Spring Training.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.