The Miami Marlins declined the $2 million club option they had on outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, making him a free agent.
Everyone loves the future Hall of Famer, but it’s an open question as to whether he’ll find work this winter. While he was a productive part-timer in 2016, he hit only .255/.318/.332 in 2017. He says he wants to continue playing, but he turned 44 a couple of weeks ago so expecting a bounceback is a bit unrealistic.
Still, it’s not hard to imagine someone giving him a minor league deal to see if he has anything left in the tank come February.
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.