Mets sign ex-Cubs reliever Brach to bolster pen

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

The New York Mets on Thursday signed reliever Brad Brach to bolster their bullpen after the team has vaulted into the third spot of the wild-card race with a strong second half.

Brach had been released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this week.

The team optioned reliever Donnie Hart to Triple-A Syracuse and transferred outfielder Brandon Nimmo to the 60-day injured list in corresponding moves.

Brach, 33, was 4-3 with a 6.13 ERA in 42 relief appearances this year for the Cubs, who had signed the right-hander to a one-year contract in the offseason.

Brach, who was an All-Star for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016, has a career ERA of 3.32 in nine major league seasons. He is 35-26 with a 3.32 ERA.

The Mets (59-56) sat a season-high 11 games under .500 after dropping their first game following the All-Star Game, but they have won at a torrid pace and own a major league-best 19-6 record since the break.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.