Blue Jays acquire Arnold Leon from A’s

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In a minor move designed to add some pitching depth the Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Arnold Leon from the A’s in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Leon was dropped from the 40-man roster by Oakland following the Henderson Alvarez signing last week.

He made his MLB debut last season at age 26 with a 4.39 ERA and 19/9 K/BB ratio in 27 innings spent exclusively as a reliever. Leon has tons of starting experience in the minors, but has generally been more successful working out of the bullpen on the way to posting a 4.35 ERA and in 310 total innings at Triple-A.

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.