Per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, pitcher Sean Burnett has announced his retirement from baseball.
Burnett, 36, was with the Mets on a minor league deal signed in February. He struggled in five appearances with Triple-A Syracuse, allowing 11 earned runs on 12 hits and six walks with two strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings.
In his retirement letter, Burnett wrote, “The Mets were my favorite childhood team, and it felt special to throw my last pitch in a Mets uniform.”
Burnett hadn’t appeared in a major league game since 2016, due in part to arm injuries. The lefty retires with a career 3.52 ERA with 277 strikeouts in 378 1/3 innings of work with the Nationals, Pirates, and Angels.
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.