Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have signed free agent lefty Drew Pomeranz. There is no word yet on the terms of the deal. [Update, Bill Baer: It’s expected to be for four years at $34 million, per Robert Murray.]
Pomeranz struggled in the Giants rotation last season but he was outstanding down the stretch out of the pen after being traded to Milwaukee, posting a 2.39 ERA and 45/8 K/BB ratio across 26.1 innings. He’ll likely continue as a lefty bullpen arm for the Padres — again, that 5.68 ERA with the Giants was pretty ugly — though he could also be a rotation option in a pinch.
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.