Astros Sign Chacon

WEDNESDAY, 2:42pm:The deal is finalized at one year, $2MM.

MONDAY, 9:55pm: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Astros are close to a one-year deal with Shawn Chacon.  He’d join the team’s rotation.

I like the idea of adding some depth.  But is depth really added if the pitcher posts a 5.50 ERA?  Chacon has been over that mark as a starter in ’06 and ’07.  The Astros hope Chacon can find his Yankees’ magic of ’05, when he posted a 3.44 ERA in 24 starts despite a 1.25 K/BB ratio.  On the plus side, Chacon was legitimately solid as a reliever in ’07 and can be shifted to the pen if necessary.

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