Rangers outfielder Alex Rios hasn’t appeared in a game since September 4 due to a nagging right thumb injury, and he’s not going to be rushed back for the final week.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rios has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season, leaving him with a disappointing .280/.311/.398 slash line in 131 games. The Rangers are expected to decline his $14 million option for 2015 — paying him a $1 million buyout instead — and he’ll be an interesting free agent case at age 33.
Rios has been hugely productive at different points in his career — he had 18 home runs and 42 stolen bases between the White Sox and Rangers in 2013 — but some of his seasons have been complete clunkers.
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.