Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the scoop …
SAN DIEGO — The Colorado Rockies “definitely have interest” in acquiring Dillon Gee, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Sandy Alderson has expressed confidence the Mets can trade a starting pitcher in the near future.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he has discussed specific trade packages with the Mets, but Bridich added that no deal is imminent. Rubin hears the Mets like left-handed reliever Rex Brothers, who struggled for Colorado in 2014 but registered a sparkling 1.74 ERA across 67 1/3 innings in 2013. The Mets are also said to want a right-handed corner outfielder.
Gee owns solid a 3.91 ERA and 1.288 WHIP through 639 2/3 career innings at the major league level.
The 28-year-old right-hander carries two more years of arbitration eligibility.
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.