The San Diego Padres got their money’s worth this season with starter Jhoulys Chacin and could look to bring the right-hander back in 2018 if the price is right.
Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune outlines what the Padres might do this offseason, and one option for general manager A.J. Preller is to re-sign Chacin, who agreed to a $1.75 million deal last December. The 29-year-old was the Padres' Opening Day starter and won a team-high 13 games with a 3.89 ERA.
“With Clayton Richard extended through 2019 and rotation talent knocking on the door in the high minors, Preller will again be on the lookout for short-term bargain signings this winter, which could include the return of Chacin,” writes Sanders.
Chacin, however, could be looking for a nice raise and might get it since the market for free-agent starters is not all that deep.
Among the other offseason goals for the Padres will be to find a caretaker at shortstop until prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready.
-- Doug Mittler