Blue Jays place Dioner Navarro on the disabled list

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Dioner Navarro has played sparingly for the Blue Jays since being pushed into a backup role by Russell Martin and now the veteran catcher is headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

To replace him on the roster Toronto called up Josh Thole, who figures to fill the backup role–and probably catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey–for at least 2-3 weeks.

Martin was behind the plate for 13 of the Blue Jays’ first 15 games, with Navarro starting the other two games and also drawing five starts at designated hitter.

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.