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Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) flips the
Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) flips the / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 11, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Andrew Chafin (39) reacts / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

6. Andrew Chafin

Believe it or not, one of the Mets best players last season was Aaron Loup. It seemed like every time he came into a game he got the job done. Loup was coming off of a career year in Tampa Bay before the Mets signed him to a one-year $3 million dollar deal. Loup proceeded to have one of the best seasons by a reliever in Mets history.

The Mets have an opportunity to sign another lefty reliever who is coming off of a career year to a cheap deal. Will it be as cheap as Loup's? No. But he won't break the bank. The Mets depserately need a left handed reliever as they don't really have one as constructed. In a division with Freddie Freeman, Juan Soto, and Bryce Harper, a dominant lefty to turn to in a big spot is a requirement.

For the last couple of years the Mets have done a very good job with that. Guys like Jerry Blevins, Justin Wilson, and Loup got the job done. I believe Chafin could be next in line.

This past season Chafin went 2-4 with a 1.83 ERA splitting time between the Cubs and Athletics. He held left handed hitters to a .170/.250/.223 slash line in 2021 allowing just one home run and one triple in 94 at bats. In his career, he's held lefties to a .593 OPS and has allowed just seven home runs in 577 at bats.

For a team in need of a lefty Chafin is as good as it gets in the reliever market.

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