3 free agents Minnesota Twins must target to bolster bullpen

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1. player. . Age: 32. Andrew Chafin. 63. . LHP

If Matt Moore can't be had at the right price and Brad Hand is too unstable to be trusted beyond a gamble, Andrew Chafin might be a good middle ground.

He found himself as a reliever during his six seasons with the Diamondbacks and quickly became a fan favorite with the Cubs during his short stint on the North Side of Chicago. One thing that makes him stand out from Moore and Hand is his consistency out of the pen, as he posted a 2.83 ERA and 3.06 FIP while putting up a 10.52 K/9 and only giving up 2.98 BB/9 in 2022.

Beyond last season, Chafin had a combined 1.83 ERA in 2021 between his time with the Cubs and A's, and has logged almost 130 innings of solid relief work. He offers the sort of consistency the Twins bullpen desperately needs, and could be quite the late-inning pairing with Jhoan Duran.

Assuming Jorge Lopez gets back to where he was when he was dealing with the Orioles, and if Emilio Pagan can bounce back from a disaster season, all of a sudden the addition of Chafin gives Rocco Baldelli a ton of options to close out games. But even if they continue to regress, Chafin can help offset part of the burden that would be put on other arms in the bullpen like Moran and Thielbar.