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Jose De Leon slated for Sunday debut

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With Clayton Kershaw still a solid rehab start away from rejoining the rotation and Julio Urias‘ role changing day by day, the Dodgers will call up No. 2 pitching prospect Jose De Leon on Saturday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

The call couldn’t come at a better time for the Dodgers, who have been neck-and-neck with the Giants through August. They’re clinging to a 2.5-game lead heading into Friday, but with 19-year-old sometime-starter Urias looking like the most stable part of the rotation right now, adding another arm should help solidify their place in the division race and give them some much-needed depth heading into the postseason. De Leon carries a 2.61 ERA and 0.93 WHIP through 86 ⅓ innings in 2016, beefed up by an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio of 111/20.

Speaking of playoff finishes, the 24-year-old right-hander has some experience with that. He bulldozed his way through a 13-strikeout performance with Triple-A Oklahoma City last weekend, reaching a season-best strikeout total and helping the Oklahoma City Dodgers to their second consecutive division title. Sure, it’s not the pressure cooker of a Game 7 start in the World Series, but his ability to keep cool in a high stakes situation should come in handy as he transitions to the big leagues.

De Leon is expected to make his major league debut during Sunday’s series finale against the Padres.

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.