Earlier last month, Rick Hahn identified relief pitching, right field, and second base as areas of potential upgrade at the deadline. With Aaron Bummer on the IL until at least September, Ken Rosenthal’s latest report that the White Sox are among the teams interested in Tigers LHP Andrew Chafin makes a lot of sense.
Chafin currently has a 2.53 ERA and 2.21 FIP over 32 innings this season. Chafin would add a much-needed left-handed reliever to the Sox bullpen with Garrett Crochet and the previously mentioned Bummer both currently injured. Chafin currently has an opt-out after this season, so he shouldn’t be overly expensive (Related: 10 Trades for the White Sox to Consider at the 2022 Deadline).
Chafin started his career in Arizona as a starting pitcher before transitioning to a relief pitcher in 2015. He played with the Diamondbacks until 2020 when he was traded to the Cubs. He was flipped by the Cubs last year at the deadline and sent to Oakland. During the offseason, Chafin signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.
Chafin has a career of 3.24 ERA and a 3.10 FIP through 375.1 innings. Look for the White Sox to potentially trade a minor league arm or two to acquire someone like Chafin over the coming days.
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