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Cubs acquire pair of prospects in exchange for Andrew Chafin

1 year agoAndy Martinez

The Sheriff has left town.

The Cubs are sending Andrew Chafin to the A’s in exchange for two minor league prospects — outfielder Greg Deichmann and pitcher Daniel Palencia. 

Chafin was a crucial part of the Cubs’ dominant bullpen that ranked fourth in baseball in ERA. The Cubs sold high on a lefty reliever who has career bests in ERA (2.06) and WHIP (0.839).

“This guy’s a culture-changer,” David Ross said. “This guy’s been a leader in the bullpen. The way he takes the ball – right or left, it doesn’t matter what situation I bring him in. It’s the same stuff. It’s the same heartbeat. It’s strikes. It’s command of both sides. It’s the secondary pitch that’s really good. Oakland’s getting a really nice pitcher and a really nice human being that goes out and does his job and a really good teammate. We’re gonna miss him.”

Even at the end of his Cubs tenure, Chafin showed his lightheartedness. 

I grabbed him when he came off the field,” Ross said. “He told me, one bad outing and he gets traded? So he made me laugh pretty good at that one.”

In return, the Cubs acquired an outfielder with plenty of upside.

Deichman was the A’s 9th ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. He was a slugging outfielder at LSU, hitting 30 home runs in his last two seasons at Baton Rouge before the A’s picked him in the second round of the 2017 draft. Deichmann, 26, projects as a power-hitting corner outfielder. He is hitting .300 and has a whopping .432 OBP in 257 plate appearances for the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators. 

Palencia is a 21-year-old right-hander who has a 6.91 ERA in 6 starts for Oakland’s Class-A affiliate.

Current Cubs’ VP of scouting Dan Kantrovitz was the A’s assistant GM from 2015 to 2019, where his focus was on amateur scouting.

The Cubs are expected to still be active leading up to Friday’s trade deadline.

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