A’s ace Sonny Gray scratched from start with back spasms

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A’s ace Sonny Gray was scheduled to start this afternoon against the Blue Jays, but he was scratched from the start with back spasms and Jesse Chaving is filling in.

Here’s what manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com about Gray’s status:

He had some back spasms last night and was working hard to get them out of there. We wanted to at least wait until this morning to see how he felt, but we had a pretty good idea last night he wasn’t going to start. We’ll see how he feels in Baltimore, and we’ll get him in there when we feel it’s the proper time to get him in there, but at this point, not sure.

Gray is having a fantastic, Cy Young-caliber season, going 12-4 with a league-best 2.06 ERA and 136/40 K/BB ratio in 162 innings.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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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.