The Braves announced on Sunday that the club inked free agent catcher Travis d'Arnaud to a two-year, $16 million contract. He will share time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers.
d’Arnaud, 30, started the 2019 season with the Mets but was released in early May. He then signed with the Dodgers and played in just one game before the Rays purchased his contract from the Dodgers.
Between all three teams, d’Arnaud combined to bat .251/.312/.433 with 16 home runs and 69 RBI across 391 plate appearances. It was his best offensive output since 2015.
d’Arnaud is the Braves’ fourth free agent signing with the offseason not even a month old. The club also signed relievers Will Smith, Chris Martin, and Darren O'Day.
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.