Angels center fielder Mike Trout robbed A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes of an extra-base hit with this leaping catch along the left-center field wall Wednesday night in Anaheim …
That probably would have fallen just short of a home run. But still … great grab.
A’s center fielder Coco Crisp then decided to get in on the party in the bottom of the second:
That one was most definitely headed out. Not shown in that short video highlight was Crisp giving a finger-wag to the Angel Stadium fireworks operator, who thought Josh Hamilton had just left the yard.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.