Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Marlins’ interest in free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki “has begun to intensify.”
The Marlins already have Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna in-house, so they are looking at Suzuki as a fourth outfielder. That’s probably the best fit for him at this point in his career. The 41-year-old batted .289/.324/.340 with one home run, 22 RBI, and 15 stolen bases across 143 games with the Yankees last season. He’s currently 156 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.
Suzuki has also reportedly drawn interest from the Orioles and Blue Jays in recent weeks.
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.