Chris Cotillo reports that the White Sox have come to terms with Brad Penny on a minor league deal.
Brad Penny was out of baseball in 2013 and pitched poorly in 2014. And, for that matter, pitched poorly in 2012. And 2011. Really, outside of a couple of very short stints — nine total games in 2010 and six starts with the Giants in an otherwise crappy 2009 — Penny hasn’t been a decent pitcher in ages.
But I suppose that’s what minor league deals are for. To get a look-see. And to have a guy you can send the hell over to the East Valley for a split squad spring training game against the Cubs or something in early March.
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.