Mets: Analyzing starters who could be potential targets in free agency
Jhoulys Chacin – San Diego Padres
Wins can be an overrated stat for pitchers, but Jhoulys Chacin managed a winning record on the San Diego Padres. He currently sits at 13-10 with an ERA a couple of ticks under 4.00. Perhaps the most intriguing stat is his hits allowed: 152 in 174.1 innings. That’s tied for the second best single season mark of Chacin’s career, only behind 2010. Chacin has six seasons of 20 or more starts.
The 29-year old Venezuela native has bounced around the league since his five years in Colorado. Chacin has pitched for four different teams in the last three seasons. Prior to his 2017 campaign with the Padres, Chacin’s numbers took a hit in Arizona, Atlanta, and Anaheim.
Chacin will be one of the more affordable options for anybody looking for rotational stability. He has struggled with walks at times and he set a new high mark for hit batters in a season with 14 this year. What Chacin has done well is keep the ball in the yard. He has a career mark of 0.9 home runs per nine innings allowed, which is more impressive considering the recent home run spike.
It’s been proven Chacin can be a valuable piece at the back end of a lot of rotations. The Mets could certainly be in line for who will be a cheaper option than the pitchers listed previously.