Cespedes, of course, played for Detroit in 2015, at least until he was traded to the Mets at the deadline in late July. Gordon, of course, has always been a Royal. The Tigers’ current outfield alignment consists of J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose and Cameron Maybin. While Gose and Maybin could be a nice center field combo, Brad Ausmus likely doesn’t want both of them in the lineup at the same time all that often. As such, Detroit getting a left fielder with a decent bat seems fairly essential.
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.