Brooks Raley is currently the top lefty in the New York Mets bullpen. David Peterson could find a role there as could Joey Lucchesi. Each has a history of starting games, minor league options, and could serve the Mets better as a starting pitcher in the minors to promote as needed.
The Mets can search through other team’s rosters for another lefty reliever and hope for a trade. However, the easier route would be to simply look to sign yet another free agent arm.
The market remains robust with options. These three free agent southpaws could be the best fits for the Mets.
1) NY Mets free agent target Andrew Chafin remains unsigned
What is it with Andrew Chafin and him not signing early in free agency? Last offseason, he was a guy Mets fans got to know very well. Before, during, and after the lockout he seemed of sense for Billy Eppler’s ball club. He ended up with the Detroit Tigers and chose to opt out after the first year of the deal.
Once again a free agent, Chafin is coming off of another successful season. The 2.83 ERA he posted in 2022 for the Tigers would look nice coming out of the home team’s bullpen at Citi Field. Chafin has a lifetime ERA of 3.23 with his recent success standing out most positively.
Chafin is more than a lefty reliever, holding righties to a lower batting average last season than he did lefties. A more LOOGY role is what Raley can give the Mets. Chafin is more of a late-inning guy who happens to be a southpaw.
Having Chafin available as an alternative option in the seventh or eighth in addition to Adam Ottavino and David Robertson would be great. He could be a finishing touch to give the Mets the undeniable best relief corps in the game.