The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned reliever Corey Knebel to Triple-A Colorado Springs. A mere year ago he was an All-Star. Life comes at you fast.
Knebel has posted a 5.08 ERA this year and was demoted from closer duties. His August has been particularly brutal, with him allowing eight earned runs — nine total — in eight and a third innings. accumulating an 8.64 ERA in his 8.1 innings over 9 games. Last year he saved 39 games and posted a 1.78 ERA in 76 games.
Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress handle closer’s duties in his absence. He’ll likely be back with the club when rosters expand on September 1. Until then he’ll be working on some stuff.
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.