The Padres have agreed to a 1-year, $1.75 million deal with starter Jhoulys Chacin, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Financial terms of the deal remain unreported.
As reflected in our free-agent tracker, the signing of Chacin is the first major-league addition of the winter for a Padres club that was expected to have a very quiet offseason. The club cleared some payroll space by non-tendering righty Tyson Ross, and also traded Derek Norris to the Nationals earlier in the month.
Chacin, who turns 29 next month, joins Christian Friedrich, Luis Perdomo, Paul Clemens and Jarred Cosart in a rotation group that is likely to see more veterans added before Opening Day. The trades of Andrew Cashner, Drew Pomeranz and James Shields last season along with the non-tendering of Ross has left San Diego very weak in terms of starting depth.
Chacin split last year between the Braves and Angels, posting a 4.81 ERA in 144 innings. He is a veteran of eight major-league seasons with the Rockies (2009-14), Diamondbacks (2015), Braves (2016) and Angels (2016), owning a career 46-57 record and 3.94 ERA in that span.