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Brewers bringing Keston Hiura back to majors

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The Athletic’s Robert Murray reports that the Brewers are calling second baseman Keston Hiura back to the majors and optioning Travis Shaw to Triple-A San Antonio.

Hiura, 22, made his major league debut on May 14. He hit a productive .281/.333/.531 with five home runs and nine RBI across 69 plate appearances. Hiura was sent back to the minors when Shaw came off of the injured list earlier this month. Hiura continued to hit, posting a 1.061 OPS in 20 games with San Antonio following his demotion.

Shaw, 29, has made few inroads offensively. He’s hitting a pitiful .166/.278/.293 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 209 trips to the plate.

The Brewers and Cubs both won on Thursday, so the Brewers will enter Friday’s action one game out of first place.

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.