It was reported earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were talking to the Reds about closer Aroldis Chapman and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman now hears that they have made an offer and are awaiting a reply.
The Diamondbacks would need to go on a big run to make the playoffs, so Chapman is an odd fit for them. A closer is a luxury in such a situation, which is why the Reds are exploring offers for him. However, it’s clear that Cincinnati will have to be overwhelmed in order to make a deal.
Chapman is making $8.05 million this season and will go through arbitration one more time before becoming a free agent after the 2016 season.
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.