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Hyun-Jin Ryu expects to be ready for beginning of 2016 season

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Hyun-Jin Ryu missed the entire 2015 season to a lefty shoulder injury that eventually required major surgery, but he began a throwing program in early October and hasn’t encountered a setback through two-plus months of rehab.

Ryu said this weekend at the Dodgers’ annual holiday party that he expects to be 100 percent recovered and prepared for a full workload by the beginning of the 2016 campaign. “My personal goal is to be in the rotation Opening Day until the season ends,” the South Korean left-hander told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com on Saturday.

Ryu will be asked to carry a lot of weight in 2016 with the Dodgers losing Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks this offseason. Los Angeles pursued Johnny Cueto, but the team’s final bid finished either second or third to San Francisco. And the Dodgers had a three-year, $45 million deal in place with Hisashi Iwakuma in early December but pulled it off the table after Iwakuma’s physical. He went on to re-sign with the Mariners.

Andrew Friedman and Co. could still trade for an impact starter or two.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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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.