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Andrew Chafin signs a 1-year deal with the Detroit Tigers

Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Chafin (57) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field in Phoenix on July 9, 2023.

Andrew Chafin, otherwise known as “The Sheriff,” signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with the Detroit Tigers after a roller-coaster 2023 season.

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Known for his unique personality, Chafin has found it quite easy to become a fan favorite, no matter which team he is on. This was particularly the case for the Diamondbacks.

Originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chafin spent 6.5 seasons with the team before embarking on a whirlwind adventure that saw him don jerseys from five different teams in three years.

This journey started once he was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Cubs in 2020. He went on to play for the first half of 2021 in Chicago before he was traded to Oakland for the final stretch of the season.

Heading into the 2022 season, Chafin signed a one-year deal with the Tigers, proving to be a valuable asset. He posted an impressive 2.83 ERA, solidifying his status as the most reliable mid-reliever in Detroit’s bullpen.

However, his time with the Tigers was short-lived, as he once again packed his bags, this time returning to Arizona for the start of the 2023 season. Unlike his initial stint with the Diamondbacks, this period didn’t unfold as planned.

Consequently, the D-backs traded him to the Brewers at the deadline, and he wrapped up the year in Milwaukee.

Overall, in 2023, Chafin played in 43 games with the Diamondbacks and 20 games with the Brewers. Between these two stints, he posted a 4.73 ERA and struck out 63 batters in 51 innings.

Now, after a season of twists and turns, Chafin finds himself back in Detroit, where it appears he will conclude his baseball journey as a Tiger.

Speaking on returning to Detroit, Chafin is more than ready to get back to where his family and friends are, telling Detroit insider Evan Petzold, “Being that far from my family started to get to me. I kept beating myself up about that and some other stuff going on that doesn’t necessarily need to be talked about. It was stupid stuff between my ears that’s all in the past now. We’re ready to rock and roll.”

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