The Milwaukee Brewers reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, a source told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
The deal, which is pending completion of a physical exam, will pay Chacin almost $8 million per year, the source said.
Chacin joins Yovani Gallardo as the second free agent pitcher to sign with Milwaukee over the past week. Gallardo’s deal with the Brewers also is pending a physical.
Chacin and Gallardo are expected to help compensate for the loss of Jimmy Nelson, who underwent shoulder surgery in September and could miss a significant portion of the 2018 season.
Chase Anderson and Zach Davies are Milwaukee’s top returning starters, while Brandon Woodruff and Brent Suter could be in the mix for starting spots.
In 32 starts last season for the San Diego Padres, Chacin was 13-10 with a 3.89 ERA and a career-high 153 strikeouts. His 1.79 home ERA was the fourth-lowest in Petco Park’s history.
The 29-year-old Chacin has pitched for five teams over eight major league seasons, including six seasons with the Rockies (2009-2014). He has a career record of 59-67 with a 3.93 ERA in 195 games (167 starts).