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Monday, February 13, 2023

Diamondbacks To Sign Andrew Chafin

The Diamondbacks have agreed to a reunion with Andrew Chafin, as the veteran left-hander will rejoin his original team on a one-year deal with a club option for the 2024 season.  Chafin will earn a $5.5MM salary in 2023, and Arizona’s club option is worth $7.25MM (with a $750K buyout).  Up to $1MM in bonus money is also available for Chafin if he makes at least 55 appearances in 2023.  Chafin is represented by Meister Sports Management.

Chafin was drafted 43rd overall by the D’Backs in 2011 and he spent his first seven MLB seasons in an Arizona uniform before being dealt to Chicago in a 2020 deadline swap.  That initial stint with the Diamondbacks led to mostly positive numbers, as Chafin logged a 3.68 ERA over 271 2/3 innings in his first go-around with Arizona, though he was struggling (albeit in the small sample size of the abbreviated 2020 season) at the time of his trade to the Cubs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2023 at 12:03 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: February 13, 2023 at 12:23 AM (#6116792)
Given the market this offseason, this seems pretty cheap. Chafin is a guy who makes 70 appearances, hasn't been put off by the 3-batter rule, has a career 132 ERA+, a K-rate over 9 and, despite pitching most of his career in Ari and a bit in Wrigley, has a low HR rate. Other relievers like this and some pretty clearly worse walked away with 2/$15 or better this offseason. Unless there's something I don't know, I'd have been happy for the Cubs to take him at this price.
   2. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 13, 2023 at 04:35 PM (#6116960)
And he has a killer stache.
   3. Jack Sommers Posted: February 13, 2023 at 04:42 PM (#6116962)
He had a pretty big velocity drop last year and was not nearly as good in the second half as his lights out first. Those might possibly be factors other teams considered.

   4. . . . . . . Posted: February 13, 2023 at 08:22 PM (#6117006)
He really rubs me the wrong way.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: February 14, 2023 at 01:55 PM (#6117101)
#3 I wondered about that

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