This wasn’t one of those “oh my God, tell everyone you know about it throws,” but it was an incredibly smooth and satisfying throw with good camera work, so it’s the sort of play you could watch over and over again.
Here’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. throwing Carlos Beltran out at home in last night’s Red Sox win over the Yankees:
His quote after the game was pretty good too. Bradley musing about Beltran’s motivation on going home:
“Maybe he thought I was going to concede the run with the lead we had. Nope.”
The throw was Bradley’s ninth assist this season, leading all outfielders in that category.
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.