Yankees sign pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to minor league contract

The Yankees signed right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract Wednesday.

The 33-year-old spent last season with the Braves, but made just two appearances in the majors.

He last had success in 2018 in Milwaukee, when he went 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 starts. Chacin was the Opening Day starter for the Brewers in 2019, but struggled throughout the year and dealt with injuries before being designated for assignment later in the season.

He’ll provide pitching depth to a Yankees team that has some holes in the rotation behind Gerrit Cole, with Jordan Montgomery and some inexperienced arms behind them. Domingo German is expected back after serving a suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence protocols in 2019 and Luis Severino should return by midseason from Tommy John surgery.

Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt are among the prospects who figure to add to the rotation, but the Yankees have yet to add a pitcher on a major league deal this offseason, with Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ all free agents from last year’s team.

The Venezuelan-born Chacin became a naturalized U.S. citizen Wednesday. He’s also pitched for the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Angels and Padres during his 12-year major league career.

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