View Full Version : Jays DFA Gustavo Chacin

05-10-2008, 12:34 AM
Blue Jays DFA'd 27 y.o. LHP Gustavo Chacin today.
He's a young lefty starter and had a pretty nice season in '05 but has not approached that level of success the last 2 years.

I'm curious about why the Jays cut him loose? Does anyone know if he's damaged goods?

If not, is he the kind of guy that might benefit from a move to the NL and could he be a cheap LH starter option for Walt to look at? I'm not one to advocate the Reds chase after every broken-down, rag arm reject/retread cast off by another team, but Chacin would seem on the surface to be a different case. Thoughts? :dunno:

05-10-2008, 02:00 AM
I think I read that his shoulder was bothering him.

05-10-2008, 02:15 AM
Minors Career:
ERA 4.14 WHIP1.46

Majors Career:
ERA 4.18 WHIP1.381

Not great but not bad either. I guess I wouldnt oppose the Reds giving him a look.

05-10-2008, 11:13 AM
Going to a weaker hitting league, in a weak division, he could be line for some improvement in his numbers. As a lefty number 5 starter to replace the fodder currently in the 5 hole in the rotation, that could be a pretty good pickup. Assuming he's healthy I'd bring him in on a one year deal.

05-10-2008, 11:29 AM
I would have no problems with him taking Fogg's spot. I think that having a lefty in the rotation could really benefit this team.

05-10-2008, 11:44 AM
Did some research:

2006 - limited to 17 games due to left elbow strain
2007 - didn't pitch after April due to shoulder soreness and had surgery to repair a "slight" rotator cuff tear in August.

Definitely has some injury issues.
Could be a low risk - high reward if he can put the injuries behind him and return to earlier form. I found info on 1 rehab start he had in Single A in April, but it was a mixed bag. I'd try to sign him to a minor league deal and see if he can return to form. It sure would be nice to have lefty in the starting rotation at some point.

05-10-2008, 11:47 AM
he has one to many shoulder issues to suit me. Im sure some team will take a flyer on him but i hope we don't. He did have sucess in 2005 but it's been all down hill since then.

05-10-2008, 11:54 AM
I looked into it some more as well.

In 6 starts with the Blue Jays SINGLE A squad Chacin was 0-4 with a 7.00 ERA in 27 innings.

If hes that bad in single A I would have dumped him too. The Reds should stay far away.

05-11-2008, 12:04 AM
Thanks for the extra research on his season so far.......I agree, sounds like the shoulder is kablooie. Not worth messing with.

05-11-2008, 01:38 AM
He's fat and wears glasses. That's 2 strikes against him.

He could be 10-0 with a 2.00 ERA, but the fact that he's fat and sports the lenses makes him a bad fit for the Reds.