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Monday, July 26, 2021

A’s near deal for Cubs lefty Chafin

With a clear need for relief help, the A’s are set to add a strong bullpen reinforcement with left-hander Andrew Chafin in a deal with the Cubs, a source told on Monday. Neither club has confirmed the deal.

The return from Oakland is unclear at this point, though MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported that outfielder Greg Deichmann, ranked by MLB Pipeline as Oakland’s No. 9 prospect, is one of two players going to Chicago in exchange for Chafin, whose contract includes a $5.25 million mutual option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout.

Chafin, 31, has emerged as one of the top left-handed relievers in baseball this season. In 43 appearances with the Cubs, he’s posted a 2.06 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks across 39 1/3 innings pitched. Chafin has been tough on hitters on both sides of the plate, though he’s actually fared slightly better against righties, holding them to a .147 batting average as opposed to a .164 average against lefties.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2021 at 11:05 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian C Posted: July 27, 2021 at 12:04 AM (#6030650)
Deichmann is a 26-year-old corner outfielder in AAA putting up decent-ish numbers that don't really appear like they'd translate to anything worthwhile in the majors. Another high-K, high-BB hitter, although the 4 HR in 250 PA with Vegas this year makes him more of just a 2 true outcomes guy.

Still, I guess that + one other guy is a fair return for a guy like Chafin - Deichmann is better than the guy they gave up to get Chafin in the first place, at any rate. But "Oakland's No. 9 prospect" makes it sound like Oakland is giving up more than they probably are in reality. I guess we'll see who the other guy is.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2021 at 12:20 AM (#6030654)

The Andrew Chafin deal is done. He's headed to the A's for outfielder Greg Deichmann and right-hander Daniel Palencia.

Deichman is a high-on-base corner outfielder who's at AAA. Palencia is a 21-year-old whose fastball sits 97-99 and is in A ball.

Deichman's .884 OPS seems less impressive when you see Las Vegas as a team has an .864 OPS. The league has an .821 OPS!
   3. Brian C Posted: July 27, 2021 at 12:29 AM (#6030656)
Deichman's .884 OPS seems less impressive when you see Las Vegas as a team has an .864 OPS. The league has an .821 OPS!

I'm still stuck on the 4 HR this season - in Vegas! That ties him for 8th on the team despite being 2nd on the team in PA.

No opinion on Palencia. Seems like a random minor league pitcher - "fastball sits 97-99" means a lot less than it used to.

Is what it is. Chafin's been a decent pitcher for most of his career but obviously not a guy that's going to bring a ton back in a deal like this.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: July 27, 2021 at 05:59 PM (#6030774)
Palencia is even a bit odder -- he's an international signee out of Venezuela but just signed last year at the age of 20. (per ESPN) That's awfully late for an international FA. I'll speculate that he was a position player with a great arm and no bat that nobody was interested in so gave pitching a try a couple of years ago. And yeah, 14 K in 14 innings at low A isn't enough to even build a dream on anymore but if he's only been pitching for a couple years, maybe there's potential there.

The other guy will hopefully provide some non-embarrassing AAAA PAs next year as part of an exciting Happ-Ortega-Heyward and Super Friends OF. (maybe Brennen Davis will arrive)
   5. Brian C Posted: July 27, 2021 at 10:30 PM (#6030827)
Since we have a Cubs thread again, something I've been dying to get off my chest: Adbert Alzolay = Juan Cruz Redux, right? I mean, they're not exactly the same, but the whole vibe of "have a few starts that are just decent enough to make you think there's something there, and then crumble under the workload of a ML starter" sure feels similar to me.

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