Sonny Gray named Opening Day starter by the A’s

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A’s manager Bob Melvin announced that right-hander Sonny Gray will get the Opening Day start, which is no surprise. Gray followed up his impressive 2013 debut by throwing 219 innings with a 3.08 ERA and 183/74 K/BB ratio in 33 starts last season at age 24.

It’ll be his second straight Opening Day start and he’ll likely be followed in the No. 2 spot by left-hander Scott Kazmir, but Melvin declined to lay out any further plans for the A’s rotation.

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.