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Rangers sign Mike Minor, plan to make him a starter

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to a multi-year contract with lefty Mike Minor. It’s not final yet, as it’s pending a physical. Terms are not known.

Minor was fantastic out of the Royals’ bullpen in 2017, pitching 65 games and posting a 2.55 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 88/22 in 77.2 innings. The Rangers, however, are reportedly planning on using him as a starter, which is all he ever was prior to 2017. His health is what knocked him out of that role to begin with — he missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to labrum surgery, but he seemed sound this past year. If there is concern about his durability, he can always return to the pen, of course.

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.