Not gonna say it’s a slow day in baseball, but literally the biggest news of the morning was that the finger of a dude with a 7.09 ERA feels better.
The Diamondbacks have activated pitcher Shelby Miller from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll start against the Phillies in, oh, about five minutes from now. Miller has been out since May 24 because of a sprained index finger. To make room for him the Dbacks have placed outfielder David Peralta on the disabled list with a lower back sprain.
Miller is 1-6 with a 7.09 ERA over his first 10 starts. His strikeout to walk ratio is an unsightly 30/29 in 45 and two-thirds innings pitched. He was acquired from the Braves this past offseason at a hefty price with top prospect Dansby Swanson and outfielder Ender Inciarte heading to Atlanta.
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.