ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Nationals and free agent catcher Yan Gomes have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract. The Nationals declined Gomes’ 2020 club option worth $9 million on his previous contract, so they were able to get him at a much lower average annual value.
Gomes, 32, split catching duties with Kurt Suzuki for the world champion Nationals in 2019. Gomes, in fact, caught the final out of Game 7 of the World Series. During the regular season, he hit a light .223/.316/.389 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI across 358 plate appearances. However, he has been well-regarded for his defense, framing, and game-calling abilities.
Gomes will reprise his role with Suzuki, sharing responsibilities behind the dish.
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.