Move to bullpen a chance for Chafin to contribute

Former college closer welcomes opportunity

Move to bullpen a chance for Chafin to contribute

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It did not take much convincing to get D-backs left-hander Andrew Chafin to buy into moving to the bullpen.

"We talked about it briefly the other day," Chafin said. "It's a pretty simple conversation. 'We think your best chance to make this team is in a reliever role,' and I'm like, 'OK, that's fine with me. Let's do it.' It was real simple. I'm just excited to have the opportunity and legitimate chance to make the team. I want to go out there and just be the best I can be at whatever role they put me in. Whatever I can do to help the team I'm all for it. "

With a plethora of rotation candidates, the D-backs are running out of innings to get them all work. Combine that with the fact that Chafin's bulldog mentality profiles nicely out of the bullpen and you can see why manager Chip Hale wants to take a look at him in relief.

"I was a closer in college," Chafin said. "I mean, no matter when I'm pitching, I have the same mindset. Just really aggressive, go at them kind of thing and if that's what they're looking for, then I should fit that."

Chafin made three starts for the D-backs in September last season and was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.