The first of several trades the Cubs are expected to make this week was made official Monday night, with the Cubs sending reliever Andrew Chafin to the Oakland A’s in a two-for-one deal.
Coming to the Cubs is Triple-A outfielder Greg Deichmann, 26, a former second-round draft hitting .300 with an .881 OPS in 59 games for Las Vegas this season.
The Cubs also acquired 21-year-old minor-league right-hander Daniel Palencia.
Chafin, who was acquired last summer in a trade from Arizona and re-signed before this season, quickly became a fan favorite with his eclectic tastes, strong mustache and down-to-earth demeanor.
Also this: He has been the Cubs’ most reliable setup man this season, producing a 2.06 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
He had the longest active scoreless streak in the majors (24 1/3 innings) snapped by his former Diamondbacks team Saturday in his most recent start.
The trade comes 11 days after the Cubs traded Joc Pederson to Atlanta the day before the second-half opener.
Closer Craig Kimbrel also is getting heavy attention from deadline buyers this week.
And Kris Bryant, Zach Davies and Ryan Tepera are among at least a half-dozen Cubs who could be traded by Friday’s 3 p.m. deadline.