Pirates pitcher Vance Worley has accepted the team’s outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. The Pirates designated him for assignment on July 30, then outrighted him off of the 40-man roster on Friday to create roster space for Joe Blanton.
Worley, 27, has served as a swingman for the Pirates, making eight starts and 12 relief appearances. Across 69 innings, the right-hander has posted a 3.78 ERA with a 47/19 K/BB ratio. He’ll likely return to the majors in September when rosters expand.
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.