The Phillies and infielder Josh Harrison have agreed to a minor league contract, the club announced on Tuesday.
Harrison, 32, spent 2019 with the Tigers after eight years with the Pirates. He battled a hamstring injury and hit just .175/.218/.263 across 147 trips to the plate. He played strictly second base last year, his primary position, but has plenty of experience at third base, shortstop, and the outfield corners as well.
Harrison could crack the Phillies’ Opening Day roster with a strong spring training, but the odds are he starts the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and provides depth as needed throughout the year.
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.