Shelby Miller continues to take losses.
The Diamondbacks have won their arbitration hearing against starter Shelby Miller. Miller had filed at $5.1 million and the Dbacks filed at $4.7 million. Last season he made $4.35 million. For those of you who forgot, in arbitration there is no splitting the difference. The panel has to choose one proposal or the other.
Miller’s case came at a really bad time for him, as he’s coming off a nightmare season following his trade from Atlanta to Arizona. He posted a 6.15 ERA and a 3-12 record while watching his strikeout rate fall, his walk rate rise and his hits allowed rate break through the friggin’ ceiling. He even spent some time in the minors to get his head screwed on straight.
With the arbitration out of the way Miller can now reset for 2017. He certainly needs it.
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.