The Nationals have acquired yet ANOTHER reliever: Hunter Strickland is coming over from the Mariners in exchange for Aaron Fletcher.
Nats fans have a nice memory of Strickland. Back when he was with the Giants he set off the big brawl with Bryce Harper that (a) was really, really dumb; (b) led to a bunch of suspensions and stuff; and (c) ended one-time Nationals fan favorite Michael Morse’s career. So, uh, yeah, welcome to the team, Hunter.
On the baseball merits, Strickland has appeared in only four games this year due to a lat strain sustained in early in the season and he’s been terrible in them so far, posting an 8.10 ERA in four appearances. He was slated to be the M’s closer before that.
At this point I think we’re gonna start doing posts about the relievers the Nationals ARE NOT acquiring rather than the ones that they are. It’ll save some time.
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.