Cubs trade for lefty reliever


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Cubs trade for lefty reliever

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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