CC Sabathia likely to begin bullpen sessions this month

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Yankees starter CC Sabathia says his knee feels fine and he’s likely to begin throwing bullpens at the end of January, reports Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News. Sabathia underwent right knee surgery in July. The lefty added, “I feel good, I don’t have any pain, no nothing. My arm feels good.”

Sabathia, 34, posted a 5.28 ERA over eight starts before hitting the disabled list in mid-May. He’ll earn $23 million this season, $25 million in 2016, and has a $25 million vesting option with a $5 million buyout for 2017. He expects to show up at spring training on schedule with the rest of his teammates.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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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.