Carter Capps has quietly been one of the game’s most dominant relievers this season, but his breakout has been put on hold, as the Marlins placed him on the disabled list Monday with a right elbow strain.
Capps left Sunday’s game against the Padres due to stiffness, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that an MRI showed no damage. He’s slated to resume throwing in three or four days and the hope is that he’ll be ready when he’s eligible in two weeks.
Known for his triple-digit fastball and unconventional hop-style delivery, Capps has a brilliant 1.16 ERA with 58 strikeouts and just seven walks over 31 innings this season. He leads all major league relievers with 16.84 K/9.
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.