3 offseason Mets free agent targets we'll be grateful they didn't sign, 2 we will wish they did

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2) The NY Mets passed on Andrew Chafin again this offseason

What did Andrew Chafin ever do to the Mets? Billy Eppler gave him the cold shoulder in two consecutive offseasons. Does he have a thing against bushy mustaches?

Chafin signed last winter with the Detroit Tigers and was a great fit for the Mets at the trade deadline. Yet again, no dice. This winter, Chafin signed a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that will pay him $5.5 million in 2023 with an incentive bonus that can help it reach $6.5 million. There is a team option for the 2024 season at $7.25 million.

In English: it’s not a bad contract and something the Mets should have gone out and done.

There is one spot in the Mets bullpen that feels like it could be utilized on a left-handed veteran reliever. Even if the team prefers to have optional arms, there are two spots left where they could swap out players with minor leaguers. With relievers prone to get injured as well, it could never hurt to have an extra experienced arm waiting to help finish off a game.

The Mets will, instead, rely heavily on Brooks Raley for those big outs against left-handed hitters. Joey Lucchesi could always fit in nicely in a similar traditional lefty reliever role. Beyond them, the Mets employ players who may never touch the 40-man roster.