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Mets sign Brad Brach

The reliever was let go by the Cubs recently.

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The Mets announced this afternoon that they have signed right-handed relief pitcher Brad Brach, who was let go by the Cubs recently. In 39.2 innings with Chicago, he had a 6.13 ERA and 4.13 FIP.

Brach’s best work came in 2015 and 2016, though he was successful pretty much throughout his long tenure with the Orioles. He was traded to the Braves last year a couple days before the deadline and finished the season strong with them after struggling in Baltimore. In total, he had a 3.59 ERA and 3.67 FIP in 62.2 innings last season. There’s some risk here for the Mets, performance-wise, but it’s not much more risk than they would have with their own internal options. And it’s good to see them add a player who could help them as they push for a postseason spot.

To make room for Brach, the Mets sent fellow reliever Donnie Hart to Triple-A Syracuse.