Cubs Reportedly "Close" to an Andrew Chafin Trade (UPDATES: A's Sending Two Prospects)

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Cubs Reportedly “Close” to an Andrew Chafin Trade (UPDATES: A’s Sending Two Prospects)

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Bah, it still doesn’t feel great. Even when it’s a shorter-term guy, and even when everyone in the universe knows the trade is coming … it still doesn’t feel great. Here’s hoping the prospect return takes my mind off of it.

Lefty, mustachioed reliever Andrew Chafin is on his way out:

Chafin, 31, came to the Cubs last year in a deadline deal, and although he wasn’t all that healthy or effective, they clearly saw something in him. He was a priority re-signing, even in a tight winter, and he took things next level this year thanks to a revamped sinker. His ERA barely topped 2.00, and until his last outing, he was riding a 24+ inning scoreless streak. We all knew he was going to be sought after this trade season, and it sounds like that has come to fruition.

UPDATE: The A’s make a lot of sense given the need and the lower salary, and that’s a solid farm system:

Something to keep in mind before the trade return is reported: the Cubs’ VP of Scouting, Dan Kantrovitz, came over from the A’s. Spent years there. Will know not only the system, but also the staff there. So might be some hidden gem type targets.

UPDATE 2: Some local confirmation that the deal is drawing near. Might just be a matter of reviewing medicals and informing players.

UPDATE 3: One of the pieces is outfielder Greg Deichmann, a Kantrovitz pick from 2017:

Deichmann was an older draft pick, so he just turned 26, but he’s hitting well at Triple-A (.300/.432/.449) with relatively good contact numbers, a great walk rate, and enough power. Ranked 8th on the A’s list in the updated FanGraphs rankings. More soon.

UPDATE 4: Much more on the trade soon, but here’s the second player in the deal:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.