The market appears to be heating up for one of the top left-handed relief pitchers on the free agent market.
Veteran Andrew Chafin, who spent the 2022 season with the Detroit Tigers, appears to be getting some attention.
The 32-year-old has become one of the more reliable left-handed relievers in the league over the past several years.
In 64 appearances, the lefty went 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA and saved three games in the process.
The New York Mets are one of several MLB teams that appear to be in on the veteran reliever.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network provided the update on Chafin via Twitter.
Andrew Chafin market heating up now. Mets are among teams in on one of the top lefty relievers. They’ve also talked to Zack Britton (Buck O’s connection).
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 18, 2023
Chafin would be a good fit with a team like the Mets.
New York has already added some key veteran relievers in Adam Ottavino and David Robertson.
They also signed Justin Verlander, Jose Quintana, and Kodai Senga after the loss of Jacob deGrom.
But the addition of Chafin would give them an extra left-hander in their bullpen to go along with David Peterson.
Other teams could use some bullpen help as well.
The Baltimore Orioles could potentially add some more pitching to their roster, as could the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Mets so far have been the winners of the offseason with all the moves they have made.
It’s very possible that New York may not be done yet, even after a spending spree of epic proportions.
Owner Steve Cohen has made it perfectly clear that the luxury tax thresholds mean nothing to him and that all that matters is building a winning team.