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Cubs free agent target: Andrew Chafin

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He was really good with the Cubs and seemed to enjoy being in Chicago, so why not?

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News item from just a few hours ago:

Andrew Chafin had by far the best year of his career in 2021. Overall: 1.83 ERA, 0.932 WHIP in 71 appearances covering 68⅔ innings. He walked 19 and struck out 64. His Cubs portion of that, prior to being traded to the Athletics for Greg Deichmann and Daniel Palencia: 2.06 ERA, 0.839 WHIP, only one home run allowed in 39⅓ innings.

The mutual contract option for Chafin for 2022 was for $5.25 million, so he must figure he can get more than that on the open market. He made $2.25 million in 2021, plus, based on this tweet he sent after the trade, he seemed to truly enjoy playing for the Cubs:

Chafin turns 32 next June. I’d think he could give the Cubs two good years. He could help anchor the bullpen over that time while the Cubs try to develop more arms in the system.

So: Two years, $15 million. Maybe throw in a third-year option at another $7.5 million per, with a $1 million buyout. BCB’s Tim Huwe tweeted basically the same ballpark figure, just a smidge less:

Who says no?

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Andrew Chafin...

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  • 75%
    ... the Cubs should sign him for a deal like the one proposed in the article
    (470 votes)
  • 10%
    ... the Cubs should sign him, but he’ll cost more in dollars and/or years
    (64 votes)
  • 12%
    ... too expensive. Pass
    (80 votes)
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