Chafin has been sensational for the Cubs this season, pitching his way to a 2.06 ERA in 39.2 innings over 43 games. In that time, he also has a 0.84 WHIP and 37 strikeouts. Chafin joined Ryan Tepera as the go-to arms in the pen to precede Craig Kimbrel in high leverage situations this season. Chafin’s 17 holds are a testament to his role as a 7th/8th inning guy for the Cubs.
Unfortunately, with only one real year of control (despite his 2022 mutual option), Chafin was 100% a trade chip entering the deadline this season. So many teams in the league needs quality bullpen arms, so the Cubs will likely not be done moving some arms from their pen. Chafin is the first piece on the move since Joc Pederson, signaling the Cubs’ sell-off.
OF Greg Deichmann
Deichmann is the ninth ranked prospect for the Athletics. At Triple-A Las Vegas, Deichmann is slashing .300/.433/.452 in 60 games. He has only hit four home runs this season, but Deichmann has undeniable power. He has also driven in 35 runs in those 60 games.
Why will the Cubs like this guy? Simple, he gets on base.
In addition, Deichmann was drafted in the second-round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Current Cubs’ VP of scouting Dan Kantrovitz was Oakland’s assistant GM at the time Deichmann was drafted. The Cubs have a good scouting report on the outfielder from Metairie, Louisiana thanks to Kantrovitz’s past with the A’s.
RHP Daniel Palencia
Unlike Deichmann, the scouting report on Daniel Palencia is a little less known. Palencia signed with the A’s in February of 2020, just before the minor league season eventually became lost. In 2021 at Low-A ball, Palencia is 0-2 with a 6.91 ERA. Although the numbers aren’t encouraging, it’s worth noting he’s only thrown 14.1 innings in six games.
However, what Palencia lacks in experience he makes up for in potential. Palencia has a fastball which sits between 97-99 and a very nice breaking ball. The 21-year-old’s developmental track will be much longer than Diechmann, but there is plenty of upside. As the Cubs work with him in the pitch lab, he’ll likely continue to progress through the minor leagues.
Overall, it feels like the Cubs received pretty good value from the A’s for Chafin. Although Oakland’s system is one of the lowest-ranked in baseball, the Cubs received one player that Dan Kantrovitz is very familiar with, as well as a high upside pitcher. If the Cubs continue to clean house, as expected, they may receive some great returns for their available trade chips.