Brad Brach has provided nothing but value and consistency for the Mets since coming over from the Chicago Cubs after his release last August.
Before Brach’s disastrous tenure with the Chicago Cubs, the 34-year old right-hander was widely regarded as one of the top relievers in baseball, especially during his four and half seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. Brach was even a member of the American League All-Star team back in 2016 representing the Orioles.
Similar to Jared Hughes, Brach has changed up his repertoire a bit this season. Brach has been using his fastball significantly less this season and throwing his cutter more which he began to establish as a permanent pitch last season. Establishing that cutter and relying less on his slider and fastball have certainly helped play a part in Brach’s success over the past year with the Mets.
It’s tough to envision what the Mets would look like without Brach in the bullpen, as he has been able to come through in some big moments for the Amazins not only this season but last season as well. He has firmly placed himself as a key piece in the Mets bullpen moving forward.
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Brach has a player option for 2021 that he can extend if he wishes to return to the Mets next season. With Brach growing up a lifelong Mets fan and currently living out his dream, it’s hard to envision him not extending his player option. If he declines his option to hit the open market, there will be plenty of suitors but I can’t envision the Mets allowing him to get away after how crucial of a role he has played in middle relief.