The Mets have struck a deal with free agent righty Brad Brach, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Free-agent RHP Brad Brach signs with #Mets, one year, $850K with a player option for $1.25M in 2021, sources tell The Athletic. Brach still owed $500K by #Cubs for 2020, so actually will earn total of $1.35M next season.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2019
While the single-season earnings are relatively modest, the deal does include a $1.25M player option that provides a backstop for the 33-year-old reliever. The price tag goes up based upon the number of games he appears in ($125K at 20 games; $350K apiece upon his 30th, 35th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 65th appearances). There are incentives in both years of the contract, also tied to appearances (beginning with his 50th).
Brach has deep ties to the area, growing up and playing his college ball in New Jersey. It was seen as something of a homecoming when he landed in Queens in the middle of the 2019 season. As I noted in previewing the Mets’ offseason, it seemed sensible to imagine a reunion.
Both team and player obviously enjoyed the experience. For the second straight season, Brach turned around suboptimal results after swapping jerseys in the middle of the year. In 39 2/3 innings with the Cubs, Brach limped to a 6.13 ERA with 10.2 K/9 and an alarming 6.4 BB/9, but with the Mets, he allowed six earned runs in 14 2/3 frames while posting a strong 15:3 K/BB ratio.
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