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Mets acquire Elieser Hernández and Jeff Brigham from Marlins to add pitching depth

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The New York Mets have acquired right-handers Eliezer Hernandez and Jeff Brigham from the Miami Marlins in exchange for right-hander Franklin Sanchez, the team announced Friday.

Hernandez, 27, is the most experienced of them all. He has amassed nearly 300 major league innings, posting a 5.04 ERA (83 ERA+) and a 2.95 strike-to-walk ratio. Those scores dwarf what he effectively delivered in 2019/20, amassing 113 ERA+ in 17 games. The Marlins recently nominated him for assignment after a failed attempt in 2022.

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Last season, Hernandez mostly threw two pitches: a fast, low-90s fastball and a slider that looked more like a cutter. The latter was his most effective pitch without a bat. He also throws a substitute and sometimes a sinker. The Mets had three-fifths of their rotation eligible for a free agent (including ace Jacob de Grom), so Hernandez serves as a mainstay of the rotation during these uncertain times.

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Brigham, 30, has made 53 major league appearances in his career. He will go to the Mets with a 4.52 ERA (93 ERA+) for his troubles. In 16 games last season, he displayed a fielding mix that featured a lot of sliding sliders. He also throws a mid-90s fastball. Brigham could potentially act as the middle assistant to the Mets.

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Heading south is 22-year-old Sanchez, a tall right-hander who split between A-ball affiliates last season. In 17 games (seven of them starting), he has a 3.79 ERA and a 2.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also played in the Arizona Fall League, although he didn’t do well: in seven games, he gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits in seven innings. He was not in the top 30 baseball America for the Mets organization.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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