The New York Mets finally found their fourth outfielder for the 2023 season. Tommy Pham has agreed to a one-year deal to serve in this role while maybe getting a few at-bats as the right-handed platoon partner of Daniel Vogelbach.
The agreement seemed inevitable with Adam Duvall landing with the Boston Red Sox earlier in the morning. With few other places to turn, Pham seemed like the last quality guy who would settle on a one-year deal and part-time role.
This shouldn’t be the end of Billy Eppler’s roster building. There is one move he should make as soon as possible.
The Mets need to sign Andrew Chafin next
While Mets fans are underwhelmed with the signing of Pham, Eppler can win back naysayers who expect more from a bench player by signing the best lefty reliever out there, Andrew Chafin. A target of the club last year and again this offseason, nobody makes more sense to sign right now than this guy.
Chafin has been a consistent pitcher throughout his career and only getting better in more recent seasons. Considering they only have Brooks Raley in the bullpen throwing from the left side at the moment, chasing Chafin would be the next logical direction for them to head.
Fortunately, the Mets are considering him and Zack Britton right now.
The Mets bullpen has a lot of room for improvement at the moment. There are three unsecured spots if we consider Drew Smith a sure thing—which we should.
Another lefty would be a good thing. We saw them skate through last season with only Joely Rodriguez for most of the year. It wasn’t what let to their downfall, however, playing with fire once again this season could have some disastrous consequences.
The next move the Mets should make after signing Pham is paying attention to one other part of their roster that has gone neglected for a few weeks. Sign Chafin and get ready for battle. We’re closer to Opening Day 2023 than we are to the final pitch of the 2022 World Series.