Andy Marte signs with a new Korean baseball team

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Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski of Fox Sports 1 reports that Andy Marte has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the KT Wiz, a new team in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Signed by the Braves as an amateur free agent in 2000, Marte was a well-regarded third base prospect a decade ago, drawing top-100 overall rankings from Baseball America going into each season between 2003-06. Marte, now 31, could never figure it out at the major league level even after the Braves sent him to the Red Sox in exchange for Edgar Renteria in December 2005, nor after the Red Sox sent him to the Indians in the Coco Crisp trade a little over a year later.

Over 940 plate appearances in the bigs, Marte compiled a meager .218/.276/.358 slash line with 21 home runs and 99 RBI.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.