Brach posted a 1.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7:1 K:BB in 4.2 innings this spring before the Grapefruit League schedule was suspended.
A solo homer was the only real blemish on his performance. Brach struggled in 2019 with the Cubs but rebounded late in the season after signing with the Mets in August, ringing up a 15:3 K:BB through 14.2 innings, and he carried that momentum into spring training. The 33-year-old appears ticketed for the final middle-relief spot in the bullpen once the regular season begins.
Brach signed a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Mets on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The contract includes a player option for $1.25 million in 2021. Brach is still owed $500,000 from the Cubs for 2020, so he will be earning $1.35 million this season. The 33-year-old righty is coming off his worst year as a pro by ERA (5.47), but his 3.73 FIP suggests he was a bit unlucky. He should operate in a mid-leverage role.
Brach signed a contract with the Mets on Thursday.
Brach quickly found a new job after being released by the Cubs earlier in the week. While the veteran reliever posted an unsightly 6.13 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across 39.2 innings with Chicago, he struck out more than a batter per inning (10.2 K/9) and registered a more respectable 4.11 FIP. Donnie Hart was optioned to the minors while Brandon Nimmo (neck) was transferred to the 60-day injured list to clear room on the roster for Brach.
Brach was released by the Cubs on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Brach will head to free agency after being designated for assignment over the weekend and subsequently passing through waivers untouched. The veteran righty has struggled to a 6.13 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 45:28 K:BB in 39.2 innings this season.
Brach was designated for assignment Saturday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
This was the corresponding move to activating Cole Hamels (oblique) from the injured list. Brach had given up seven runs in six innings since the start of July.
Brach was charged with three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two in 1.1 innings of relief Monday in the Cubs' 18-5 loss to the Pirates.
Brach had been dynamite in relief over the past two weeks, striking out 11 while posting a 0.82 WHIP in six appearances before Monday's implosion. If there's a silver lining for Brach, it's that he was far from the only Cubs pitcher who took it on the chin on a night the Pirates racked up a season-high 23 hits. The former Orioles closer remains locked into a middle-relief role for the Cubs and will struggle to maintain relevance even in leagues that count holds as a category.
Brach has allowed 10 runs in 2.2 innings over his last four appearances.
Brach has been awful since the calendar flipped to June and was poor in late May as well. Since May 20, he owns a 16.43 ERA and 2.87 WHIP in 7.2 innings. The 33-year-old doesn't have any saves this season and is about to be even further from a ninth-inning role once Craig Kimbrel is ready to make his season debut.
Brach allowed a run on two hits and a walk to blow the save in Monday's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Phillies.
Brach was called on for the top of the ninth inning with the Cubs up 4-3, and after allowing a one-out double, he had a chance to wiggle out of trouble. However, Jean Segura hit a soft line drive to right field with two outs, which brought home the tying run. Despite the hiccup, Brach still has a solid 2.75 ERA, and with Pedro Strop (hamstring) and Brandon Morrow (elbow) both currently out, he could get some more save chances here and there, though Steve Cishek seems to be atop the bullpen pecking order at the moment.
Brach (3-1) was the losing pitcher Wednesday against the Reds, allowing a run on two hits and two walks across 1.1 innings.
Brach breezed through the ninth inning but got into some trouble when the Cubs brought him out for the 10th in a 5-5 game. He retired the first batter of the frame but followed that by allowing a walk, a single and an intentional walk. Yasiel Puig then ended things with a walkoff single. Despite the hiccup, Brach still has a solid 2.55 ERA, and he should continue to see high-leverage work for Chicago.
Brach (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in Monday's game against the Pirates. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three.
Chicago starter Jon Lester left the game with a hamstring injury after facing one batter in the third inning, and Brach subsequently got through that frame as well as the next. It helped the righty's cause that the Cubs exploded for 10 runs, but he still offered valuable relief work on a day when the bullpen had to record 21 outs. Brach now has a solid 1.50 ERA through his first six innings of work this season, and with Brandon Morrow (elbow) on the shelf and Carl Edwards currently in the minors, he could pitch some important innings for Chicago moving forward.
Brach's velocity has topped out in the upper 80s during his two Cactus League appearances heading into Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
For what it's worth, Brach said he isn't dealing with any physical issue and noted that he's noticed his radar readings during spring training have routinely been lower than normal each of the past four seasons. Per Brooks Baseball, Brach's four-seamer averaged no worse than 93.5 miles per hour in any month last season, so the right-hander has a fairly sizable deficit to make up if he's to maintain that level of velocity in 2019.
Brach restructured his contract with the Cubs, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
A viral infection that Brach was dealing with apparently showed up during his physical, prompting the Cubs to drop his base salary from $3 million in 2019 to $1.65 million. The veteran right-hander downplayed the severity of the issue, chalking it up to "bad timing" while adding that he's "on time" for the start of the season. Brach figures to assume a setup role with the Cubs.
Brach signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Cubs on Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. The deal also includes a mutual option.
Brach spent time with the Orioles and Braves in 2018, posting a combined 3.59 ERA and 8.6 K/9 across 62.2 innings of relief. The right-hander should slide into a setup role with the Cubs, though he could be used as a righty specialist given Chicago's bullpen depth and Brach's splits last season (.692 OPS against righties, .838 OPS against lefties).
Brach allowed one walk and struck out a batter to turn in a scoreless 10th inning and record the save Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Brach entered the game in the 10th inning after Jesse Biddle allowed the Diamondbacks to tie the game in the ninth. Both Dan Winkler and A.J. Minter were roughed up on Wednesday and presumably unavailable Thursday, allowing Brach to fill the void and record his first save as a Brave. Assuming Winkler and Minter bounce back, however, it doesn't appear that Brach will be in line for many more save chances before the season comes to a close.
Brach allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth inning Monday to pick up his fourth hold of the season in a win over the Marlins.
The right-hander worked as a setup man for A.J. Minter in his first appearance since being traded to the Braves from the Orioles, and that will likely be Brach's role moving forward, especially once Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) returns to action. Brach now has a 4.72 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 38:19 K:BB in 40 innings on the year.
The Braves acquired Brach from the Orioles on Sunday in exchange for international signing bonus slot money, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Atlanta was in the market for relief help with closer Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) on the disabled list and it appears the team identified a target in Brach. The 32-year-old has registered 29 saves between the past two seasons and has a long track record of reliability as a setup man, but he hasn't been quite as sharp in 2018, pitching to a 4.85 ERA and 38:19 K:BB in 39 innings. Even so, Brach's experience at the back of the bullpen could be enough to threaten A.J. Minter's status as the top option for saves.
Brach allowed two hits and an unearned run while securing his 11th save of the season against the Red Sox on Tuesday. He issued one walk and did not strike out a batter.
Zach Britton had yet to be officially shipped out -- a trade with the Yankees was announced following the game -- but this was Brach's de facto first game as the Orioles' new closer. With Britton gone and Darren O'Day (hamstring) done for the season, Brach figures to be the top option for saves in Baltimore. The 32-year-old has had his fair share of struggles this year with a 4.85 ERA and 1.77 WHIP across 39 innings, though his peripherals are more favorable.
Brach blew his second save of the year Thursday, recording just one out while allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in a 5-4 extra-innings loss to Toronto.
Brach hadn't given up a run since May 4, but he'll want to forget Thursday's outing. After retiring the first batter he faced, the 32-year-old came undone and gave up Baltimore's three-run lead. His ERA has shot up to 4.24 and he'll have to be sharper with Darren O'Day and Zach Britton both returning from injuries in the near future.
Brach secured his 10th save of the season Wednesday against the Mets, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning.
Brach allowed a leadoff single to Todd Frazier before retiring the next three batters he faced with just 10 pitches. The 32-year-old hasn't allowed a run since May 1, an 11-game stretch in which he's gone 7-for-7 in save chances while lowering his ERA from 6.55 to 3.13.
Brach worked around a walk in a scoreless inning of work to earn his ninth save of the season Tuesday against the Mets.
Brach put the tying run aboard via a walk with two outs in the ninth, but he was able to get Kevin Plawecki to preserve the win. The scoreless appearance makes 10 in a row for Brach, who has lowered his ERA over two full runs to 3.27 in the process. Brach still sports a hefty 1.59 WHIP -- a figure he will need to improve to maintain his current run of form.
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