The Mets will shut down reliever Bobby Parnell for a week after he experienced forearm tightness during his Tommy John rehab stint, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Parnell’s velocity has been down and the results haven’t been great, so the right-hander likely wouldn’t have rejoined the Mets anytime soon anyway even if he hadn’t suffered a setback.
Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery in April last season after making just one appearance. In the previous two seasons, he had excelled for the Mets, saving a combined 29 games with a 2.35 ERA and a 105/32 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
With how well Jeurys Familia has pitched filling in as the team’s closer — Jenrry Mejia is currently both injured and suspended — when Parnell returns, he’ll likely start out setting up for Familia before his return to the closer’s role is considered.
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.