The Rangers have avoided arbitration with DH Mitch Moreland, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $2.95 million, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Moreland can earn an additional $25,000 in performance incentives, Wilson notes.
Moreland, 29, was eligible for arbitration for the second of three years. Moreland mustered a meager .644 OPS in 184 plate appearances. He took over at first base after Prince Fielder was injured, but suffered a season-ending injury of his own in early June. Moreland underwent surgery for os trigonum syndrome and ligament reconstruction towards the end of the month.
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.