Chicago signed Chafin this offseason, agreeing to a one-year contract that included a mutual option. The 31-year-old lefty will be owed less than half of his $2.25 million salary this season. Under the terms of his deal, Oakland can buy out his $5.25 million option in 2022 for $500,000.
Chafin has been one of Chicago’s best arms out of the bullpen in 2021. He is effective against batters from both sides of the plate, holding righties to a .147 batting average and lefties to a .164 average.
- Andrew Chafin stats (2021): 2.06 ERA, .154 BAA, 0.84 WHIP, 24.7 percent strikeout rate in 39.1 innings
ESPN’s Jeff Passan notes the deal won’t be official until a medical review is completed. Chafin, who has appeared in 43 games this season, is owed a $150,000 bonus when he reaches 50 games, 60 games and 65 games played.