CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Andrew Chafin has been traded to the Oakland Athletics for two prospects.
Chafin has been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball this year, producing a career-best 2.06 ERA this year with a minuscule 0.84 WHIP.
He was traded on the trade deadline last August during the shortened season in exchange for Ronny Simon.
The Cubs received back 26-year-old outfielder Greg Deichmann and 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Daniel Palencia. Deichmann is the ninth-best prospect in the A’s minor league system and currently is posting a .881 OPS in Triple A, significantly up from .675 in 2019.
A former 2017 second round pick out of LSU, Deichmann projects as a power-hitting corner outfielder, according to MLB.com.
Palencia signed out of Venezuela in February 2020 and has left a lot to be desired in his first season of pro ball — posting a 6.91 ERA in 14.1 innings. Scouts have said Palencia’s fastball sits between 97 and 99 mph and he has a plus curveball.
Chafin, 31, has become a fan favorite for his antics on social media. Prior to the start of the season, he asked Cubs fans where to buy an “old beater” to drive around the city. Chafin ended up with a Firebird.
The club started their expected teardown on July 15 by trading outfielder Joc Pederson to Atlanta in exchange for Bryce Ball.
The trade deadline is Friday. Members of the team’s world series core, like Bryant, Rizzo and Baez, have been rumored on the trading block. It’s expected the biggest return could come from closer Craig Kimbrel, who is arguably the best relief pitcher in all of baseball.