MLB Rumors: 9 Teams In The Market For 3 Remaining FA Lefty Relievers

Yes, there are three very accomplished left-handed relievers still out there on the free agent market. But why haven't they signed yet? According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it all has to do with Matt Strahm.

Another curiosity in the free-agent market is the continuing availability of three accomplished left-handed relievers — Zack Britton, Andrew Chafin and Matt Moore. In the view of one executive, the expectations for those pitchers changed after the Phillies awarded Matt Strahm a two-year, $15 million deal in early December.  

“That deal destroyed the market,” an executive told Rosenthal.

The three top lefties still out there include Zack Britton, Andrew Chafin and Matt Moore. But with salaries looking to be at all-time highs for pitchers at the beginning of the offseason, the modest deal for Strahm set a lower bar that these three are trying to overcome.

And according to Rosenthal, there are no less than nine interested teams in this game of southpaw musical chairs:

  • Texas Rangers
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Houston Astros 
  • New York Yankees,
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Toronto Blue Jays 
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Chicago Cubs
Britton, 35, has the best credentials, with 154 career saves, but has missed most of the last two seasons due to Tommy John surgery.

Chafin has had back-to-back strong seasons in the bullpen for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers, while Moore is an under-the-radar member of this group, after having a career year with the Rangers, posting a 1.95 ERA in 74 innings. 

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