Yankees pitcher Germán was placed on administrative leave in September pursuant to MLB’s domestic violence policy after he allegedly slapped his girlfriend in public. The New York Post reported over the weekend that Major League Baseball’s investigation into the matter is nearing a conclusion, so Germán and the Yankees should soon know his fate.
Germán is likely facing an additional suspension to start the 2020 season. How much time he missed depends upon the severity of the actions as determined by MLB. Suspensions have ranged from the 15-game suspension Jeurys Familia received in 2017 to Roberto Osuna‘s 75-game suspension in 2018.
Germán, 27, was an important pitcher for the Yankees in 2019, going 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 27 games. While it obviously pales compared to the real world consequences of his alleged actions, he cost his team his services in the postseason and will likely cost them again at the outset of the 2020 season.
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.