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Report: Mariners sign Kendall Graveman to one-year, $1.5 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have signed starter Kendall Graveman to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. It includes a club option for 2021 worth $3.5 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Graveman, 28, spent the past year recovering from Tommy John surgery while with the Cubs. The Cubs signed him after he underwent surgery but earlier this month declined their 2020 club option on him worth $3 million.

Across parts of five seasons in the majors, Graveman owns a 4.38 ERA with 286 strikeouts and 130 walks spanning 446 innings. Though he is coming off of major surgery, Graveman’s salary is relatively light and could be a useful contributor out of the back of the starting rotation.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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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.