Detroit Tigers activate Andrew Chafin; adding depth to bullpen

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The Detroit Tigers have made a roster move ahead of their series with the Minnesota Twins. The team added some left-handed pitching depth and depth overall, with Andrew Chafin returning to the team’s pitching staff.

It’s been a quality start for the Detroit Tigers bullpen, providing some excellent support to keep the team in games and on top in other situations. Chafin is someone that the team opted to bring in during the offseason and is now set to be able to make his debut.

After a groin injury sidelined him during Spring Training, he was able to work back up and get ready to make his debut. The Tigers were able to activate him, and he now joins the pitching staff as another left-handed arm.

The team signed him to a two-year contract with a $13 million total value, knowing that he can be a quality left-handed arm who can be called upon in high leverage situations. So it will be interesting to see how the southpaw performs for the team in 2022.

The Detroit Tigers have activated left-hander Andrew Chafin.

Chafin is an eight-year veteran of the big leagues, spending stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics. In 2021 he totaled 68.2 innings pitched over 71 appearances for the Cubs and Athletics.

He would pitch to a 1.83 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP with 64 strikeouts while allowing just 19 walks. He was efficient and got the job done when he was called upon. He’s quite the personality, as has been shown early on in his Tigers tenure.

Chafin’s got the old school look and the old school mindset, so the personality adds up and is easy to see. In his return to the pitching staff and eventual debut for the Tigers, it will be interesting to see how things add up for the left-hander.

Having another left-handed arm to call upon who is known to be efficient is something the Tigers should be excited about bringing to the bullpen. A.J. Hinch has been able to rely on the bullpen thus far in 2022, this is going to change, and there will be adversity as the season continues, but right now, it’s been great.

Chafin brings a boost to a bullpen that has already been reliable, something the Tigers have desperately needed in recent years. It will be fun to watch and see how Chafin slots into the bullpen with things operating quite well right now.

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Expect Chafin to be a mid-to-late innings guy, someone to call upon in a match-up situation with Hinch being assured he can get outs efficiently.