Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports that the Major League minimum salary will remain unchanged for 2016: $507,500 for the year, pro-rata for those who are not in the bigs all season.
According to Stephen the minimum for this year was, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, to be determined via cost of living adjustments as suggested by changes to the Consumer Price Index. Based on Stephen’s calculations taken from CPI figures released today, no change is warranted per the CBA.
No raise, but not a bad living all the same.
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.