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Brad Brach | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Monmouth
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 42 (0) / SD
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Brad Brach requested $3.05 million and was offered $2.525 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.
The 30-year-old hurler has quietly developed into one of the most reliable setup men in the league, registering a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 over 220 2/3 innings over the last three seasons. He earned just $1.25 million in 2016 and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.9 million this time around. Jan 13 - 8:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Orioles remain willing to trade Brad Brach.

The market for relievers is falling into place with Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen having already signed. Teams still in need of bullpen help will need to scramble for the best remaining options. The Mets have expressed interest in Brach, possibly in a Jay Bruce deal. Brach has a 2.96 career ERA in 288 games, but arbitration-eligibility is causing his salary to climb to the point where the Orioles may be willing to let go if the price is right. Rosenthal mentions the Rangers' relievers are drawing trade interest as well, with Jeremy Jeffress among the possible targets.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 09:20:00 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN confirms that the Mets have expressed interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach.

There's some thought that it could be part of a Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce trade proposal. Brach, a dominant 30-year-old setup man, posted a terrific 2.05 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this past season out of the Baltimore bullpen. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and will remain under club control through 2018.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Brad Brach underwent a minor surgery on his left knee last week.

The procedure addressed the meniscus in his knee, but Brach said it was "real easy" and "real basic" and that he already feels close to 100 percent. He should be fine for the start of spring training. Brach, who is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, posted a dominant 2.05 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this season.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Brad Brach pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season on Wednesday night versus the Royals.

Brach whiffed three batters against one walk and one hit. It wasn't a normal save situation. Brach entered the game with one out in the eighth inning after starter Chris Tillman had allowed a couple of base hits. Brach was able to escape the inning unscathed despite walking a batter to load the bases. Orioles manager Buck Showalter sent Brach back out for the ninth inning with a 4-0 lead and he closed out the victory after allowing a leadoff single to Kendrys Morales. Regular closer Zach Britton wasn't needed for this one.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 10:52:00 PM

Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brad Brach and/or Mychal Givens could be given a shot to close for the Orioles if Zach Britton (ankle) is out for a while.

Britton exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and will be re-evaluated on Sunday before the extent of the ailment is determined. The obvious option to replace him in the ninth inning would be Darren O'Day, although it's possible manager Buck Showalter could keep O'Day in his setup role and elevate Brach or Givens. Both Brach (1.26 ERA, 15/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings) and Givens (3.00 ERA, 21/7 K/BB ratio over 12 innings) have been excellent this season, although it's possible Brad would have the edge out of the two given Givens' issues against left-handed batters. Brach also has more experience closing games in the minors. Both relievers are worth stashing in deeper leagues.
Sun, May 1, 2016 09:06:00 AM

Orioles and RHP Brad Brach avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

Brach was a very good member of the Orioles' bullpen this past season, posting a 2.72 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings. With Zach Britton and Darren O'Day in tow, Brach won't be likely to have many save opportunities but should be a valuable member of the O's pen again in 2016.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 06:42:00 PM

Orioles recalled RHP Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk.

He'll replace Kevin Gausman on the active roster and will provide some depth for the bullpen. Brach owns a 5.40 ERA and 16/11 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings with the Orioles this season.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 10:29:00 AM

Orioles optioned RHP Brad Brach to Triple-A Norfolk.

Josh Stinson will replace him on the active roster. It's not surprising to see Brach go, as he threw 58 pitches over two innings in relief of Ubaldo Jimenez on Sunday.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 05:51:00 PM

Orioles recalled RHP Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk.

Brach has allowed three runs over 1 2/3 innings while up with the big club this season. He'll work in middle relief.
Fri, May 16, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Orioles optioned RHP Brad Brach to Triple-A Norfolk.

Brach allowed three runs over 1 2/3 innings while up with the big club. He'll get another shot later this season.
Tue, May 6, 2014 06:27:00 PM

Orioles recalled RHP Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk.

He's replacing Evan Meek in the Orioles' bullpen. Brach posted a 4.85 ERA but struck out a whopping 26 over his first 13 relief innings for Norfolk.
Fri, May 2, 2014 10:58:00 AM

Orioles optioned RHP Brad Brach to Triple-A Norfolk.

Brach was great this spring, allowing just two runs while posting an 8/1 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings. However, there simply was no room in the O's bullpen. He could be the first reliever summoned when the O's need an arm.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 07:27:00 PM

Orioles acquired RHP Brad Brach from the Padres in exchange for RHP Devin Jones.

Brach was designated for assignment by San Diego last week after posting a 3.19 ERA and 31/19 K/BB ratio in 31 innings for the big-league Padres in 2013. He will be in the running for a bullpen job with Baltimore.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 12:19:00 PM

Padres designated RHP Brad Brach for assignment.

Brach was removed from the 40-man roster after posting a 3.19 ERA and 1.77 WHIP through 31 innings with the big club. The reliever did strike out 31 batters in his 31 innings of work.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 10:23:00 PM