The Red Sox' search for bullpen help, which may or may not have them linked to Mets closer Edwin Diaz, could end up with a much lower-cost and lower-profile option, lefty Andrew Chafin of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report from Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal.
Source: ARI LHP Andrew Chafin is a target for the Red Sox in trade talks. Low salary ($1.95 million), controlled through 2020 and modest acquisition cost. Also, the D'backs-Red Sox connection (Hazen, Sawdaye, Porter) makes for familiarity with organization and easier discussions.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) July 31, 2019
Chafin, 29, was one of several relievers mentioned as Sox possibilities by NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider John Tomase.
The first-round pick (43rd overall) in 2011 has been a part of the D'Backs bullpen since 2015. He's 0-2 with a 4.21 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings this season. He's been effective against lefties throughout his career (holding them to a .219 batting average) but has also held righties to a .244 average. His contract runs through the end of next season, isn't likely to cost any major league talent or top prospects and his prorated $1.95 million salary for the final two months of the season is certainly a lower cost option than other relievers.
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