Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mets Sign Brach To Bolster Bullpen

Brad Brach.

On Thursday, the Mets announced the signing of free agent right-handed pitcher Brad Brach, another arm to continue to bolster their much-improved bullpen down the stretch.

In order to make room on the 25-man roster, the Mets optioned left-handed pitcher Donnie Hart to Syracuse (AAA) of the International League.

In addition, the Mets transferred outfielder Brandon Nimmo to the 60-Day Injured List. This is not a surprise since Manager Mickey Callaway could not give a timeline on Nimmo's return when asked on Monday.

In 42 games with the Cubs this season, before being released on Monday, he had 45 strikeouts in 39.2 innings, with a record of 4-3.

Brach, 33, a former All-Star, has posted a 3.32 career ERA with 33 saves over nine major league seasons with the Padres, Orioles, Braves and Cubs.

The 6-6, 215-pound native of Freehold, NJ has pitched in 311 games since 2015, the ninth-most in the majors.

Brach has racked up 527 strikeouts in 495.2 career innings. Brach has pitched in the postseason in 2014 and 2016 with Baltimore and last year with Atlanta.

Brach was drafted in 2008 by the Padres out of Monmouth University (NJ) was an All-Star in 2016 with the Orioles when he 10-4 with a 2.05 ERA. He posted a 1.52 ERA in 27 games for Atlanta last year after he was acquired on July 30.

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