Sunday, February 12, 2006

Yankees Sign Chacon and Rasner

Pitcher Shawn Chacon and the New York Yankees agreed Friday to a $3.6 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for next week.

The 28-year-old right-hander was acquired by New York from Colorado on July 28 and went 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 12 starts and two relief appearances. It was a startling turnaround for the former All-Star, who was 1-7 with a 4.09 ERA for the Rockies.

In addition to his salary, Chacon can earn $100,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 180, 190, 200 and 210 innings.

After making $2.35 million last year, he had asked for $4.15 million in arbitration and had been offered $3.1 million.

The New York Yankees claimed right-hander Darrell Rasner off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Rasner was 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in five appearances, including one start, for the Nationals after being called up from the minors on Sept. 6. He was 6-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 games for Double-A Harrisburg.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated right-hander Jason Anderson for assignment.


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