Andrew Miller is probably the best reliever on the open market this winter and his free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation like, say, David Robertson, so he is setting his sights sky-high.
Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com writes Wednesday that the 29-year-old lefty is “seeking at least a four-year deal and isn’t listening to any other offers unless the average annual value is astounding.”
That’s a pretty lofty asking price for a relief pitcher with only two career saves, but the market is flush with cash and it seems like just about every deep-pocketed team in Major League Baseball has been linked to Miller since the free agency period began. Miller registered an outstanding 2.02 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 103/17 K/BB ratio across 62 1/3 innings this past summer between the Red Sox and Orioles. He was then a force out of the Baltimore bullpen during the postseason, yielding just one hit over 7 1/3 innings of work.
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.