The New York Mets bullpen continues to have some questions. There are three spots up for grabs. Only one of them is locked up with a left-handed reliever, Brooks Raley.
The other three spots could currently be filled by something like a long-man, David Peterson or Joey Lucchesi as a second lefty, and one of the many low-risk options they’ve been adding all offseason.
Billy Eppler can do himself a big favor adding one of these remaining free agent left-handed relievers. He’ll need to act quickly. There’s no telling how soon they’ll sign.
1) Andrew Chafin is the best option for the NY Mets bullpen
You can’t talk about lefties the Mets have needed to sign without mentioning Andrew Chafin. They needed him last year but passed on a deal. They need him now and yet we’re halfway through January and he remains unsigned.
Chafin is more than just your standard lefty you bring into the game to get the final out against Bryce Harper, Juan Soto, or Freddie Freeman. Yes, he does throw left-handed. He’s much more capable than being used in that way.
Fresh from another successful season, this time with the Detroit Tigers, he actually posted better numbers versus right-handed hitters than lefties: .214/.268/.318 vs. .233/.320/.344. Could this be why Eppler hasn’t been so eager to sign him?
The Mets have spent a lot of money this offseason and one more free agent reliever in Chafin’s class would be a worthy move to make. Last year’s contract paid him $6.5 million. Can we get him signed for above $7.5 million for two seasons?