Reliever Koda Glover announced his retirement from professional baseball on Monday via Twitter. He played parts of three seasons in the majors from 2016-18, all with the Nationals.
Glover, 26, was limited to just 55 1/3 innings due to injuries. He battled a strained forearm this past season, shoulder issues in 2018, as well as back and shoulder issues in ’17. He hangs up his spikes with a career 4.55 ERA, nine saves, and 42 strikeouts across his 63 big league appearances.
We very rarely hear about big league players retiring at such a young age, but it is understandable. Rehabilitating from injuries is often an isolating experience, as Lindsey Adler detailed in a profile of Jordan Montgomery and Ben Heller published back in September. It’s hard to blame anyone for not wanting to deal with that kind of lifestyle.
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.