Rockies avoid arbitration with Chacin, 2 others

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies and right-hander Jhoulys Chacin avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract, up from $4.85 million last season.

The Rockies also avoided arbitration with left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers and catcher Michael McKenry.

Brothers’ bump in pay is nearly $1 million, from $502,000 last year to $1.4 million this season. McKenry’s salary goes to $1,087,600 in 2015, up from $750,000 last year.

Chacin pitched in just 11 games last season, going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA before the club shut him down in June because of a right shoulder injury. The Rockies are counting on him returning to his 2013 form, when he won 14 games with a 3.47 ERA.

Chacin projects as the Rockies’ No. 2 starter behind ace Jorge De La Rosa.

Brothers made 74 relief appearances last season, going 4-6 with 5.59 ERA and 15 holds.

McKenry had two stints with the Rockies last season after beginning the year in Triple-A. He finished with a career-best .315 batting average with nine doubles, eight homers and 22 RBIs over 57 games in Colorado.

Two Colorado players remain in arbitration, and both are eligible for the first time: right-hander Adam Ottavino and catcher Wilin Rosario. Ottavino asked for $1,475,000 and was offered $1 million; Rosario asked for $3.3 million and was offered $2.8 million.