Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Red Sox have inquired on Braves pitchers Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino. It’s a matchup that makes sense, though Bowden says that “there is no traction to a trade at this time.”
The sense part is that the Red Sox could use a starter and Teheran looks like the best pitcher who might be available at the deadlines. He has a 2.66 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 92/24 K/BB ratio across 98 innings this season. As for how likely he is to be moved, the Braves are going nowhere and have already shown that they’ll trade anyone. That said, he’s under control cheaply through 2020, so maybe even the Braves will either think twice or demand far more than the Sox are willing to pay.
As for Vizcaino, the Braves closer has been outstanding this year, posting a 2.01 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 and a third innings. He’s under team control through 2018.
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.