Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays starter Drew Smyly will be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Sunday in Texas against the Rangers.
Smyly has been out since early May due to a partial labrum tear in his left shoulder. Though the results weren’t pretty, he was able to get through four minor league rehab starts without issue.
Smyly, 26, came to the Rays at the trade deadline last year in the three-way David Price trade that involved the Tigers and the Mariners. In 10 starts for the Rays, the lefty has a 1.96 ERA with a 65/14 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.
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.