Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta said he is dealing with a “dead arm” and could need a stint on the disabled list, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Peralta reports feeling no pain, but also said he doesn’t have any strength in his shoulder.
Peralta, 39, hasn’t been scored upon in 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers thus far. He has allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out four. As the main pitcher used in save situations in lieu of the injured Kenley Jansen, Peralta is 3-for-3 in save situations. Yimi Garcia — off to a better start than Peralta — is likely to see increased save chances as will Paco Rodriguez and Pedro Baez if Peralta needs to take a couple of weeks off.
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.