Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is hearing from sources that the Dodgers are making a push for free agent starter Hisashi Iwakuma. He adds that the Dodgers have particular interest in Iwakuma because he would not require as long of a contract due to his age (34).
The Dodgers have thus far come up empty in free agency, as David Price, Zack Greinke, Jordan Zimmermann, John Lackey, and Jeff Samardzija — among others — are all off the board.
Iwakuma turned down the Mariners’ $15.8 million qualifying offer, so the Dodgers would forfeit a draft pick in 2016 to sign the right-hander. Iwakuma made only 20 starts this past season as he dealt with a strained lat muscle. He compiled a 3.54 ERA with a 1.064 WHIP and a 111/21 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 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.