For the second year in a row, Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado were each awarded a Platinum Glove. Gold Glove Award winners were announced last week; from among them, one player in each league is selected as the best overall defensive player for the Platinum Glove.
For Chapman, it’s his second Platinum Glove. For Arenado, it’s his third, having also won it in 2017 alongside the Twins Byron Buxton.
Chapman, 26, was rated as 18 runs above average according to Baseball Reference. That contributed heavily to his 6.7 WAR and helped the Athletics claim the first of the two AL Wild Card slots.
Arenado, 28, also has seven Gold Gloves to his name. Baseball Reference only pegged him at nine runs above average. FanGraphs’ UZR was kinder to him, putting him at 10.3 for the second-best mark among third basemen behind Chapman (14.8).
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.