MLB trade rumors: Red Sox reportedly targeting Diamondbacks lefty reliever Andrew Chafin

MLB trade rumors: Red Sox reportedly targeting Diamondbacks lefty reliever Andrew Chafin

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.

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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Don't look for Swihart behind the plate in Arizona either

Don't look for Swihart behind the plate in Arizona either

At least part of the reason the Red Sox parted ways with Blake Swihart was said to be their lack of faith in his catching ability.

It sounds as if Swihart's new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, doesn't plan on using him a lot at catcher, either. Dbacks GM Mike Hazen, the former Red Sox GM was in Boston's front office when Swihart was a first-round pick in 2011. He told the Arizona Republic he sees the versatile Swihart moving among several positions.

“We really like his bat and think he has a chance to hit,” Hazen said. “If he ended up in a spot where he got to play every day and did what we felt like he could do with the bat, we wouldn’t have had a chance to acquire him.”  

Look for Swihart to fill in at both corner outfield spots, first, third and even second base, Hazen said. Swihart, 27, appeared in one game at second and three at third in his Red Sox career. Hazen said doesn't see him displacing any of the three catchers on Arizona's roster.

When asked where he envisioned Swihart playing, Hazen said, “It could be behind the plate. It could be at a different position.”

A stint in left for the Red Sox ended disastrously for Swihart in 2016 when he injured his ankle colliding with the side wall in left field at Fenway Park. He was limited to only six games the following season before bouncing back last year to appear in 82 games (catching in 28). He hit .229. 

Swihart was designated for assignment earlier this week before the Sox worked out a trade with Arizona on Friday. They also sent $500,000 in international bonus pool money to the Dbacks in exchange for minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson, 22, ranked Arizona's No. 20 prospect by Baseball America. He was hitting .235 with a .879 OPS and two homers in 12 games for Double-A Jackson. Last year, he hit .235 with a .678 OPS, 10 homers and 26 doubles with Class A Visalia. 

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Red Sox trade catcher Blake Swihart to Diamondbacks

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Red Sox trade catcher Blake Swihart to Diamondbacks

Blake Swihart has a new home.

The Red Sox traded the 27-year-old catcher to the Diamondbacks on Friday for minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson.

Swihart reunites with manager Torey Lovullo and GM Mike Hazen, both formerly members of the Red Sox organization, in Arizona. Hazen says Swihart will play positions other than catcher for the foreseeable future.

As for Wilson, he was ranked as the Dbacks' No. 20 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Boston had designated Swihart for assignment earlier this week and promoted Sandy Leon to take his spot on the roster.

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