Veteran righty Justin Verlander was hoping to join the Tigers after making just one minor league rehab start, but he got shelled for three runs on six hits and two walks Sunday in a Triple-A outing that didn’t stretch beyond three innings. So Detroit will ask him to take one more turn on the farm.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Verlander is scheduled to make a second minor league rehab start this Saturday with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. It’s a near certainty that he will join the Detroit rotation after that, unless there’s some sort of physical setback.
Verlander has been out all season because of a right triceps strain.
The 32-year-old posted a disappointing 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 206 innings in 2014.
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.