Oakland shifting Coco Crisp from center field to left field was supposed to help keep him healthier at age 35, but he’s already injured.
Crisp was scratched from Tuesday’s game with right elbow soreness and received a cortisone injection, which always sidelines a player for at least a few days.
Crisp has logged just 15 at-bats this spring and Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com notes that there’s a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day. Right fielder Josh Reddick is likely to begin the season on the disabled list with an oblique injury, so the A’s outfield could be patchwork early on.
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.