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When healthy, Chacin is as close to a bona fide ace as the Rockies have. If all goes well for him in winter ball, it could be the precursor for a huge year for the 26-year-old righty.

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Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin plans to pitch for his Venezuelan League team, Los Leones del Caracas, in about a month, according to Lideran Deportes.

Chacin told the publication that the Rockies are on board with his return:

Loosely translated, that's Chacin saying the Rockies will let him pitch during winter ball, and that he's expecting to do so toward the end of November (please correct me if I'm wrong; use the comments section). That's obviously great news for the Rockies and Chacin, who was injured to begin the 2014 season and struggled through 11 starts before being shelved with a "dead arm" in July.

Next season is a big one for Chacin. The 26-year-old right-hander will be a free agent after 2015, so getting healthy and rediscovering his at-times dominant form would be huge for him. Chacin's motivation has been questioned in the past (though maybe, considering it was done by Dan O'Dowd, that should be taken with a grain of salt), but there's not much more motivating of a factor than money, and Chacin can earn a lot of it if he's able to put together a strong campaign.

That, of course, is something he's proven to be full capable of doing. Chacin has only amassed two full big league seasons, but in those two years he's posted an ERA+ of 126 and 129. That doesn't include 2010, when Chacin finished with a 142 ERA+ in 28 appearances (21 starts). For his career, he owns a 120 ERA+, which ranks second behind Ubaldo Jimenez among starting pitchers in Rockies history (fun fact: Brett Anderson actually ranks first with a 149 ERA+, but he's made only eight starts, so that doesn't really count).


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