Cubs trade for lefty reliever

Cubs trade for lefty reliever


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The Chicago Cubs added to their bullpen right before the trade deadline by trading with the Arizona Diamondbacks for lefty veteran reliever Andrew Chafin.

The Diamondbacks in return will get a player to be named later or cash considerations.

"Cubs have been hunting for a left-handed reliever to go alongside Kyle Ryan and get it in Chafin, who has had a rough year but for the last three years has been very reliable," ESPN's Jeff Passan posted.

Chafin has a 5.74 ERA this season but that is only for a total of 15.2 innings (13 appearances). He is currently on the 10-day injured list with a sprained finger on his throwing hand.

In 2019, he posted a 3.76 ERA in 52.2 innings pitched (77 appearances). He limited left-handed batters to a .191 average last season.

During his career, he has been impressive against lefties holding them to only a .230 batting average and .310 slugging percentage.

Overall, he has a 3.68 ERA, 288 strikeouts, and 1.32 WHIP during his six seasons in the major leagues.

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