ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks and free agent catcher Stephen Vogt have agreed on a one-year contract that includes a second-year vesting option. The deal is worth $3 million and the vesting option is for $4 million, per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. [Update: Official.]
Vogt, 35, had a bounce-back year with the Giants after missing the entire 2018 season. He hit .263/.314/.490 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI across 280 plate appearances. It was his most productive year at the plate since an All-Star campaign with the Athletics in 2015.
The Diamondbacks will likely have Vogt split catching duties with Carson Kelly.
The free agent market for catchers continues to thin. Other free agent catchers who have signed within the last week include Yasmani Grandal, Mike Zunino, and Travis d'Arnaud.
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.