5 Mets free agent targets they passed on last year that they should sign this winter

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2) Andrew Chafin

Andrew Chafin has been an ideal Mets target for years now but has yet to put on the orange and blue. It feels like Mets fans have discussed him in each of the last three offseasons, and it's very possible he'll be right back in the discussion this offseason.

The difference between the last couple of offseasons compared to this one is he's nowhere near as desirable now as he was then. The reason why is quite simple. He didn't pitch well.

Chafin had a 4.73 ERA in 63 appearances splitting time between the Diamondbacks and Brewers. Chafin struggled with the Diamondbacks to the point where he was traded to a different NL team vying for a playoff spot at the deadline in Milwaukee. He then struggled in Milwaukee to the point where he was omitted from their postseason roster.

Relievers are extremely volatile, so seeing Chafin struggle isn't too shocking. Most relievers have down years. Even Edwin Diaz had a horrific one. The Mets would be assuming a previously reliable left-hander would bounce back in 2024.

The Mets bullpen is in such poor shape that they need to be taking chances like these. They only have two relievers locked into the bullpen right now and have to sign multiple guys to even stand a chance. Chafin as a second lefty wouldn't be too bad.