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Josh Reddick undergoes shoulder surgery


Astros outfielder Josh Reddick surgery on the AC joint in his left shoulder on Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. Reddick is expected to be completely healed by the time spring training arrives.

Reddick, 32, is entering the final year of his four-year, $52 million contract. This past season, he hit a lackluster .275/.319/.409 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI across 550 trips to the plate. It marked a second consecutive year in which his OPS+ declined. 100 is average; Reddick posted a 130 mark in 2017 followed by 97 in ’18 and 89 last year.

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.