Andrew Chafin might be the best arm to replace Aaron Loup in the bullpen
If there’s anyone out there capable of making us forget about Aaron Loup, it’s Andrew Chafin. Mustached and ready to show everyone his 2021 season was no fluke, he is one of the more prized free agent reliever this winter and possibly the best still out there without closer expectations.
Until I checked, I didn’t realize Chafin was as brilliant in 2021 as he was. In 39.1 innings with the Chicago Cubs, Chafin had a 2.06 ERA. Following his midseason trade to the Oakland Athletics, he got even better. His 1.53 ERA in 29.1 innings out there also included five saves.
Chafin may very well have earned himself a three-year contract with his 2021 performance. The Mets, with an eye for contracts with only a two-year commitment at the most this offseason thus far, might be in the market to have an incentive-laden deal on that third season.
For much of his career, Chafin has gone overlooked. He has a lifetime 3.30 ERA which is pretty sweet for a middle reliever with almost 350 innings of experience.
The Mets will absolutely be in the market to add a left-handed arm to their bullpen this winter. Minus Loup and with no other suitable options available in the organization, Chafin may actually be one of the most important finishing touches to make before Opening Day.