Cubs Send LHP Andrew Chafin to Athletics in 3-Player Deal

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What will the Cubs Get in Return from the Andrew Chafin Trade? Why did the Athletics decide to trade for Andrew Chafin?

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Cubs Send LHP Andrew Chafin to Athletics in 3-Player Deal

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Andrew Chafin, Cubs Reliever, Traded to Athletics in 3-Player Deal

Nearly two weeks after the 2021 MLB All-Star Game took place, it appears that one lucky team will be getting a star relief pitcher. MLB Network Insider Mark Feinsand first reported that the Chicago Cubs have traded Relief LHP Andrew Chafin and cash considerations to the Oakland Athletics. The Cubbies will be receiving the following in return from Oakland: Starting RHP Daniel Palencia and OF Greg Deichmann. This is just the second trade involving the Athletics over the past couple days as the team acquired OF Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins.

Why Did the Cubs Trade Andrew Chafin?

Chicago decided to trade Chafin due the team likely becoming sellers at the trade deadline (Friday, July 30). Also, the reliever will hit the free agent market following the 2021 season. In addition, there is speculation to the possibility that both 1B Anthony Rizzo and 3B Kris Bryant could be dealt by the deadline. The Cubs are currently in 4th place in the NL Central Division with a 50-52 record. Therefore, Chicago decided to trade Chafin to get something in return instead of losing them for nothing via free agency.

Why Did the Athletics Acquire Andrew Chafin?

Oakland decided to trade for Chafin to bolster its bullpen. Another reason for the acquisition is that the Athletics are looking to push for a division title against the 1st place Astros. In fact, Oakland is leading the 2nd AL Wild Card spot by 1.0 game over the Seattle Mariners. In addition, the Athletics are currently in 2nd place in the AL West Division with a 56-46 record behind Houston. With Chafin now in the fold for Oakland, the former Cubs reliever will join the bullpen consisting of the following: Closer Lou Trivino and late-innings pitcher Yusmeiro Petit.

What Was His Tenure with Chicago (NL) Like?

Andrew Chafin has spent the last one and a half seasons with the Cubs. Even though his time with North Side Chicago didn’t last long, Chafin managed to get in E.R.A. of 3.00 or below in a season in one and a half season with the team. For the 2021 season with Chicago, he compiled an 0-2 record with a 2.06 E.R.A. and 37 strikeouts.

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The Players Involved in the 2021 Mid-Season Trade

Athletics Receive (1 Player and Cash)

Relief LHP Andrew Chafin

  • Selected in the 1st Round (43rd Overall) by Diamondbacks (out of Kent State) in the 2011 Draft
  • Made MLB Debut for Arizona in 2014
  • Played for Dbacks (2014-2020) and Cubs (2020-2021)
  • Had an E.R.A. of 3.50 or Below in a Single Season Three Times (2015, 2018, 2021)
  • 2 Playoff Appearances with Arizona and Chicago
  • Career Postseason Stats: 1-0 Record with 9.00 E.R.A. and 0 Strikeouts
  • 10-15 MLB Record
  • 3.47 MLB E.R.A.
  • 328 MLB Strikeouts

Cash Considerations

Cubs Receive (2 Players)

Starting RHP Daniel Palencia

  • Joined Athletics in 2020 as Global Free Agent
  • Was Playing for Stockton Ports (Low-A) at Time of Trade
  • 0-2 MiLB Record
  • 6.91 MiLB E.R.A.
  • 14 MiLB Strikeouts

OF Greg Deichmann

  • Selected in the 2nd Round (43rd Overall) by Athletics in 2017 Draft
  • Played College Baseball at Louisiana State
  • Was Playing for Las Vegas Aviators (AAA) at Time of Trade
  • 0.248 MiLB Batting Average
  • 30 MiLB Home Runs
  • 129 MiLB RBIs

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