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2. The New York Mets sign Andrew Chafin, relief pitcher

Just as a left handed starting pitcher is a need, the Mets also lack a left-hander in the bullpen. Aaron Loup was the team's left-handed option last season, and was the best option the team had in the bullpen, however he departed for the Los Angeles Angels in free agency this offseason, leaving a void in the bullpen for the Mets.

Enter Andrew Chafin, who would be yet another ex-Athletic to join the Mets roster this offseason, joining Marte, Canha, and in this case Manaea. Chafin will be 32 in June, and could likely be had on a one-year deal to due his age, which is ideal for the Mets, who have already shelled out plenty of money this offseason.

According to Baseball Reference, Chafin pitched to a 1.83 ERA, while registering five saves in 68.2 innings last season while splitting time between the Cubs and Athletics. Chafin has a 3.30 career ERA, with last season serving as the best season in his eight-year career, and likely earning him a raise.

The Mets would be ecstatic to get the numbers he put up last year, however, even if he just puts up his career average, he would serve as a massive boost to the bullpen. Chafin would join a group that includes: Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo, Trevor May, and Miguel Castro, among others. Adding Chafin, and the hope for a bounce-back year from at least one of the current relievers, could serve as a massive boost to the New York bullpen.

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