LaTroy Hawkins lands on disabled list with biceps injury

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LaTroy Hawkins lost his hold on the Rockies’ ninth-inning job last week to Adam Ottavino and now his 2015 season continues to spiral in an ugly direction.

Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that Hawkins was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a biceps injury. 25-year-old right-hander Scott Oberg has arrived from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the vacant bullpen spot. The severity of Hawkins’ injury is unknown. He tossed a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday night against the Padres, but the 42-year-old right-hander owns a rough 10.50 ERA in seven total appearances this season.

Hawkins announced in December that this will be his final year in the majors. He’s making $2.25 million.

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.