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The Chicago Cubs have made a small addition to the bullpen prior to Monday’s trade deadline. The Cubs have acquired veteran left-hander Andrew Chafin from the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Arizona will receive a player to be named later or cash, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Neither team has announced the trade.

Chafin, 30, is currently on the injured list with a finger issue. He is expected to return soon and the Cubs must feel comfortable with his medicals, otherwise they would not have made the trade. Once healthy, Chafin will join Kyle Ryan and Jose Quintana as the lefties in Chicago’s bullpen. Brad Wieck, another lefty, is out with a hamstring strain.

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Chafin has been a stalwart in Arizona’s bullpen since 2014. He’s allowed six runs in 6 2/3 innings around a finger injury this year, but has held left-handed batters to a .230/.307/.310 batting line in his career. That’s why the Cubs are bringing him in, to shut down big lefty bats like Christian Yelich and Jesse Winker down the stretch (and in the postseason).

Of course, MLB implemented a three-batter minimum rule this season, and it’s worth noting Chafin can hold his own against righties. He’s held them to a .246/.334/.362 batting line in his career. That’s not truly great but it’s not bad by any means. Cubs manager David Ross will be able to comfortably use Chafin for a full inning regardless of matchups.

The D-Backs have lost 10 of their last 11 games to fall out of the postseason race. As a result, they turned into sellers at the trade deadline and sent center fielder Starling Marte to the Marlins and left-hander Robbie Rays to the Blue Jays. Close Archie Bradley is said to be available as well.

At 20-14, the Cubs have the second best record in the National League, though their bullpen has been an issue pretty much all year. 


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