Cubs Reportedly Trade Andrew Chafin to A’s Pending Medicals (Update: It’s Official)

Earlier this month Jed Hoyer ignited the summer stove by trading outfielder Joc Pederson to the Braves for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball. Tonight, he made a more dramatic move by reportedly shipping beloved reliever Andrew Chafin to the Athletics.

Chafin was in his second season with the Cubs after Theo Epstein acquired him from the Diamondbacks last August for the 2020 stretch run. He was injured at the time and made just one appearance last year, but this year he has been a huge part of Chicago’s bullpen, combining with Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrell to shut down the opposition whenever the Cubs had a lead. He was one of baseball’s hottest pitchers earlier this summer, holding opponents scoreless for 24.1 consecutive innings until the Diamondbacks dinged him for a three-spot the other day. He’s 0-2 with a 2.06 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.

Chafin, 31, signed a one-year, $2.75MM deal over the winter with a mutual option for the 2022 season. Oakland likely views him as a rental reliever for the remainder of the season, and Chafin should re-enter free agency again this winter.

The return for Chafin has yet to be announced, but we’ll have the details as soon as they are available. The two teams are reviewing the medicals of the players involved.

Update: Rosenthal reports that Triple-A outfielder Greg Deichmann is one of the two players the Cubs are acquiring from Oakland. Deichmann was a second-round pick in 2017 and is batting .300 with an .881 OPS this season.

Update #2: The other player involved in the deal is Low-A righty Daniel Palencia, who can reportedly through 100 mph and is currently ranked as the No. 12 prospect in Oakland’s system. Deichmann is ranked 9th, so this would be a tremendous haul if it ends up going through.

Update: It’s official.

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