San Diego designated right-hander Brad Brach for assignment last week and now the Padres have traded him to the Orioles in exchange for minor leaguer Devin Jones.
Brach has a 3.70 career ERA and 117 strikeouts in 105 innings for the Padres, which made the DFA surprising, although his numbers away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park aren’t so impressive and ultimately he’s a 28-year-old reliever with borderline setup man upside.
Still, not a bad low-wattage pickup for the Orioles, as Jones got knocked around in Double-A as a 23-year-old starter and may wind up in the bullpen himself.
The Mets have signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal, SNY’s Andy Martino reports. The total value of the contract is $19 million, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Ramos, 31, split last season between the Rays and Phillies, putting up one of the best offensive seasons among catchers. In 416 total plate appearances, he hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI.
Ramos will presumably get the lion’s share of plate appearances behind the plate with Travis d'Arnaud backing him up. Grandal was made a qualifying offer, so the Mets would have had to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. And, of course, Realmuto would have cost prospects. Ramos simply costs money.
The Mets were aggressively pursuing a catching upgrade, having been involved in rumors surrounding J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal, but ultimately settled on Ramos. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made a significant impact on the team already, having also added second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from a trade with the Mariners.