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Chafin, Diamondbacks agree to deal; avoid arbitration

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 11, 2019 at 6:33 PM

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks and left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year deals.

A 2008 Western Reserve graduate, Chafin’s contract will be for $1.945 million — a raise of $750,000.

Chafin will be back home in Wakeman today for a community event. He will be available for autographs and photographs from 3-5 p.m. for a $5 donation at the Wakeman Elevator (16 Hyde St.). Proceeds from the event will be donated back to the Western Reserve baseball team.

Chafin had another solid season out of the Arizona bullpen in 2018. He made 77 appearances — third-most in the National League — as he normally occupied the seventh inning role for the Diamondbacks.

For the 2018 season, the situational reliever posted a 3.10 ERA. Chafin allowed 17 earned runs on 41 hits and did not give up a home run with 53 strikeouts and 25 walks in his 49.1 innings of work.

Though the 28 year-old finished with just a 1-6 win-loss record, Chafin’s FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) was a career-low 2.65. FIP is a statistic that measures what a pitcher’s ERA would look like if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play.

The former first-round draft pick (43rd overall in 2011) out of Kent State also finished with a career-low WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) of 1.338.

Over his four full MLB seasons, Chafin is 7-8 with a 3.49 ERA while striking out 200 batters in 198.1 innings. He appeared in three postseason games during the 2017 season for Arizona.

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