Chicago Cubs: 3 relievers to may return in 2022 -#2: Andrew Chafin
Formally dubbed ‘The Sheriff’, Andrew Chafin was a fantastic setup man for Craig Kimbrel coming out of the pen in the late innings. Though he wasn’t with the Cubs very long, he built a good reputation with the organization, the fans loved him all the same and were saddened to see him shipped off to Oakland at the trade deadline.
Much like Tepera, the Cubs have a chance now to circle back on a familiar face with the lefty. Having Chafin back in a late-inning role is something the Cubs desperately need if they wish to see the bullpen have any success at all. Though Chicago has guys like Codi Heuer and Rowan Wick, they need to add to that 1-2 punch and really solidify the depth in the bullpen if they want to find success this year.
For the year, Chafin posted an absurd 2.06 ERA as a Chicago Cub over the course of his 43 games and 39 1/3 innings of work. Upon leaving, Chafin went to Oakland hoping to keep his career-best stretch alive and did just that. Down the stretch, the southpaw continued to shine, putting up a microscopic 1.53 ERA over 29 1/3 innings, finishing the year with a 1.83 ERA and personal-best 0.932 WHIP.
Given the team’s glaring lack of left-handed relief options, Chafin needs to be at or near the team’s shopping list once the offseason resumes and CBA negotiations are concluded.