According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Rockies and reliever Adam Ottavino have agreed to a three-year, $10.4 million contract extension.
After posting a 3.08 ERA with 9.3 K/9 from 2013-2014, Ottavino logged 10 1/3 scoreless innings to begin last season and notched three saves after replacing LaTroy Hawkins as closer, but he soon landed on the disabled list with triceps inflammation and required Tommy John surgery in May. He will likely be sidelined until around the All-Star break next year.
Ottavino turned 30 in November and was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. This new deal covers one year of free agency. You can understand the appeal for the Rockies if he comes back healthy, but it also provides security for Ottavino if he runs into some issues.
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.