The Mariners announced Thursday that they signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Lowe began his career with Seattle and had his best season with the club in 2009, posting a 3.26 ERA across 75 appearances. The 31-year-old right-hander was dealt to Texas a year later in the Cliff Lee deal and had a 3.92 ERA over 92 appearances with the club before bouncing around the past couple of years. He made seven appearances with the Indians this past season and had a 5.62 ERA over 41 appearances in Triple-A.
In addition to Lowe, the Mariners have given camp invites to right-hander Justin Germano and infielder Carlos Rivero.
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.