Cubs trade for lefty reliever
|Monday, August 31, 2020, 3:28 PM- -|
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.
It's a player to be named later or cash consideration deal with the D-backs for Chafin. He's currently on the IL with a sprained finger on left hand. Still might be a couple weeks away from a return.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 31, 2020
Hoyer: Chafin cleared to throw, examined by Dr. Don Sheridan in AZ (hand specialist), hope is he will return in two weeks but no time table.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) August 31, 2020