Mets second baseman Robinson Canó returned from the injured list on Wednesday after missing two weeks due to a strained left quad. He may be headed back to the IL, as he had to exit Wednesday’s game against the Giants after four innings due to tightness in his left quad, Newsday’s Laura Albanese reports.
Canó, 36, went on the IL batting a light .241/.287/.371 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 181 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 with an RBI ground out before departing Wednesday’s game.
Canó’s tenure as a Met really couldn’t have gone much worse after the club acquired him along with closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners back in December. He still has four years and $92 million remaining on his contract after this year.
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.