Cubs have re-signed lefty reliever Andrew Chafin
|Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 8:03 AM- -|
A familiar face will be back pitching in Wrigley in 2021.
The Chicago Cubs have re-signed lefty reliever Andrew Chafin to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, according to multiple reports.
The deal also includes a mutual option for $5.25 million with a 500K buyout. He can also earn up to $500,000 in performance bonuses for the next two seasons based on games pitched.
A successful physical is still needed before the team will announce this re-signing.
In 2020, the 30-year-old had a 1-2 record (-0.1 WAR) with a 6.52 ERA, 13 strikeouts in 9.2 innings (4 appearances).
Chafin wasn't healthy last season with a left finger sprain for most of the season so the Cubs are probably very excited for him to be throwing max innings in the bullpen this year alongside fellow lefties Brad Wieck and Kyle Ryan.
He has been durable in the past pitching 70+ appearances from 2017-2019.
For this MLB career, he has a 10-13 record with a decent 3.67 ERA, 291 strikeouts, 1.314 WHIP in 274.2 innings pitched. When he pitches against lefties, they slash only .230 against him while righties hit .245.
The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the first round with the 43rd overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
With this signing, the Cubs roster is now at 40 players.
Per source, Chafin will earn $2.25 million in 2021. The mutual option is worth $5.25 million with a $500K buyout. He also has $500K in incentives each season ($125K for 50, 55, 60, 65 games pitched). So the total guarantee is $2.75 million if the option isn't picked up. https://t.co/6g7Yhq2MHp— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 3, 2021