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Taijuan Walker is handing out free tacos on Monday

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I just got a press release from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s fairly extraordinary. See if you can’t figure out the extraordinary part of it:

WHO: D-backs pitcher Taijuan Walker and his wife Heather

WHAT: In partnership with Major League Baseball, Taijuan and Heather will hand out free tacos, featuring Taijuan’s special taco recipe, to fans as they enter Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for the D-backs vs. Rockies game this Monday starting at 11:30 a.m. Walker, who has a passion for cooking, will serve the tacos out of a specially-designed food truck on a first-come-first-serve basis near the Home Plate parking lot at Salt River Fields.

WHEN: This Monday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick – Home Plate parking lot, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz. 8525

Notice anything missing there? I do: corporate sponsorship. As in, there is none, unless you count “in partnership with Major League Baseball,” which I don’t think really counts. There is no “Taijuan Walker, in association with Rudy’s Taco World” or “Taijuan Walker and Tapatio hot sauce, The Official Hot Sauce of Major League Baseball, present . . .”

Nope, it’s just “Taijuan Walker likes to cook, Taijuan Walker has a cool taco recipe and Taijuan Walker would like to give y’all free tacos. You know, for fun.”

This should not excite me as much as it does, but in an age where no one seems bothered to do anything unless there’s corporate underwriting and advertising involved, I’m pretty dang excited.

Go to Salt River Fields on Monday, you guys. It’s probably the best spring training facility as it is and you’ll get free tacos to boot.

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.