Andrew Chafin Chooses To Sign With Familiar Team For 2023

The last available premier free agent reliever is now off the market. And in a surprising turn of events, he's not joining a contender, nor is he getting a multi-year contract. He's instead opting for familiarity. 

Per MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal, the left-hander is signing a one-year, $6.5M deal to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks. There's an extra $1M or so in incentives for Chafin to claim, plus an option year. 

Chafin spent the first six+ seasons of his career in the desert, after they had selected him in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft. 

The now-32-year-old has found tremendous success in the past two seasons. He was with the Chicago Cubs in 2021, and had a breakout season, posting a 2.06 ERA in his four months with the club, before they dealt him at the trade deadline to Oakland. He continued his success in 2022 with the Detroit Tigers, pitching to a 2.83 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP and a 67:19 K/BB ratio in 57 innings. 

He declined his $6.5M player option at the end of the season with Detroit, and now signs for that same amount back in Arizona. 

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