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Report: Giants name Scott Harris as new GM

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The Giants have announced that Scott Harris has been named the new general manager.

Since 2012, Harris had been the assistant general manager for the Cubs under president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer. Harris also was the league’s Coordinator of Major League Operations for two years prior to that. As the Giants mentioned in their announcement, Harris graduated with a degree in economics from UCLA and earned an MBA from Northwester’s Kellogg School of Management.

In a profile of Harris in March 2018, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic quoted Epstein as saying, “He’s really bright and a really hard worker. He has a strong, well-rounded executive background.” Epstein added, “He’s really easy to get along with, people like being around him and he just makes the group better by being a great team player.”

Harris and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi (pictured right, next to president and CEO Larry Baer) still have to fill the open manager position following the departure of Bruce Bochy. That search is reportedly down to three finalists. Then they will have to work on a roster that finished 77-85 and in third place in the NL West this past season.

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.