Miami Marlins could use a surprisingly still available lefty reliever...
The Miami Marlins need bullpen help. As The Fish are signing depth players and dealing with stubborn non-spending owners, there's an area of the team that needs an improvement. That area being the team's bullpen. While every team could use relief pitching help, the Miami Marlins especially could use some good arms to take the workload off of an impressive looking rotation. Let's take a look at a still unsigned free agent in lefty Andrew Chafin. Should Kim Ng sign him?
Andrew Chafin would be a great fit on the Miami Marlins.
Andrew Chafin averages 91.8 mph on his fastball (which is a drop from his high of 93.9 back in 2019), and he's already 32 years old. All of that said, the stuff is there and he's definitely very useful to say the least. Chafin pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2014 to 2019 and produced a 3.57 ERA/3.18 FIP with 9.4 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 326 games and 265.0 innings pitched. This was pretty solid production from the lefty.
Andrew Chafin split 2020 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs, piching to a poor 6.52 ERA/4.74 FIP with 12.1 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9. This was a pretty sharp decline, as in 2019 he delivered a 3.76 ERA/3.25 FIP with 11.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 77 games and 52.2 innings pitched. Chafin turned the corner in 2021, a season in which he again split time. This time between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics. He pitched to a 1.83 ERA/2.98 FIP with 8.4 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 43 games and 68.2 innings pitched.
In 2022 Andrew Chafin pitched for the Oakland Athletics, and he did not disappoint. The lefty delivered a 2.83 ERA/3.06 FIP with 10.5 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 64 games and 57.1 innings pitched. It was an impressive performance in a contract year. Aas you can very clearly see, Chafin is definitely an asset to a team's bullpen. The obvious question is why don't the Miami Marlins consider signing him? An improved bullpen would play a big part in having a competitive 2023 season.