Detroit Tigers Trade Candidate 2: LHP Andrew Chafin
The Detroit Tigers signed Andrew Chafin to a two-year, $13-million deal this offseason because they thought he would add depth to their bullpen and be a valuable weapon against left-handed hitters. After a bit of a slow start due to a minor injury, Chafin has been exactly what the team wanted.
Through 35 appearances covering 29.2 innings he owns a 2.73 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk rate of 3.89. He has been as advertised against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .600 OPS, but he’s been even better against right-handed batters, keeping them to a .505 OPS.
So why trade him? Unfortunately, Chafin’s contract contains an opt-out clause after year one. He has pitched well enough to take another chance at free agency this offseason, so the Tigers are looking at a situation where they probably need to trade him or risk losing him for nothing.
Chance to be traded: 85%
Potential fits: Every contender, but specifically San Francisco, the New York Mets, Milwaukee, Tampa, and Philadelphia