Cubs, Brad Brach agreed to restructured contract

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Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that the Cubs and reliever Brad Brach agreed to a restructured contract following a medical review. The initial one-year deal, agreed to in January, was for $3 million with a club option and a buyout clause, guaranteeing Brach $4.35 million overall. The restructured deal is for one year at $1.65 million, but offering Brach the potential for more money based on how many days he is on the active roster. One day will pay him $350,000 and he can earn an additional $500,000 for reaching 150 days on the active roster.

According to Brach, the Cubs wanted to restructure the deal because of a viral infection. Brach said, “Everything’s fine. I had just a little bit of a viral infection. It was just kind of bad timing. Just kind of one of those things. When I was doing my physical, it came up, so it was adjusted from there.”

Though the two sides came to an agreement in January, the deal didn’t become official until February 11. Brach hasn’t appeared in a spring training game yet but insists he will be ready for Opening Day. He said, “I’m on time for Opening Day. Just kind of easing into it here. [The viral infection] kind of knocked me out there for a couple weeks. Just getting my strength back, but my throwing has been on schedule.”

Last year, between the Orioles and Braves, Brach compiled a 3.59 ERA with a 60 strikeouts and 28 walks in 62 2/3 innings. The right-hander has been one of baseball’s more consistent relievers over the last five years.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.