An additional lefty reliever rumor for the Cubs, and this 1 seems like it has legs. Oh, wait, as I kind, it is completed. The Cubs have acquired Andrew Chafin.
The Diamondbacks have started off to sell off, and the Cubs are now snagging 1 of their lefty relievers:
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 31, 2020
Cubs have been hunting for a remaining-handed reliever to go along with Kyle Ryan and get it in Chafin, who has had a tough 12 months but for the last a few years has been really responsible. https://t.co/i3ZiUw7T14
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
Chafin, 30, was quietly outstanding for the Diamondbacks for a prolonged time, and while he’s struggling this yr, some of the peripherals are nonetheless wonderful:
I’ll dig in further soon, but the brief version is that he owns lefties, is quite very good in opposition to righties, and this year’s struggles are almost entirely about an monumental volume of difficult speak to (which may well be regarding or may possibly be a smaller sample fluke). For a rental lefty – he’s a no cost agent immediately after this 12 months – which is about accurately the variety of man you could realistically hope for the Cubs to land.
The trade cost listed here should really also be very nominal, specified the struggles this 12 months, the rental, and the point that Chafin has been on the IL considering the fact that August 19 with a still left finger sprain. I’ll presume he’s completely ready to return, but I’ll also presume that the Cubs aren’t giving up substantially at all in trade. You possibly also hope that the finger was a lingering issue that impacted effectiveness, and now he’s all improved?
UPDATE: It turns out Chafin is not but all set to return, and this is some thing of a conditional trade:
Dbacks are spending Chafin down to the minimum amount. They are hoping he can return in a few weeks. If he can, Dbacks would get minimal amount prospect
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 31, 2020
Essentially, if he arrives back shortly sufficient, then the Diamondbacks get a modest return. If he does not appear again soon sufficient, the Cubs don’t owe nearly anything apart from a tiny little bit of dollars to him. I like that framework as a safety for the Cubs, but, uh …
They want to get one more lefty now. Is that what the Osich rumor is about?