The Texas Rangers have signed free agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million deal.
Gibson suffered from ulcerative colitis in 2010 but still tossed 160 while striking out 160 batters for the Twins, for whom he has worked his entire career. He posted a 4.84 ERA last season but a 3.62 ERA in 2018.
He’s a durable guy who would fit right into the middle of the rotation for most clubs and should help the Rangers’ staff improve considerably.
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.