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Brewers acquire Luis Urías and Eric Lauer from Padres for Trent Grisham and Zach Davies


The Brewers and Padres swapped a pair of players on Wednesday,’s Adam McCalvy reports. The Brewers are acquiring infielder Luis Urías and pitcher Eric Lauer from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Trent Grisham and pitcher Zach Davies.

Urías, 22, was ranked by Baseball Prospectus at No. 17 overall among prospects heading into the 2019 season. He was quickly displaced at shortstop by Fernando Tatis Jr. and spent most of the first half with Triple-A El Paso. Urías was called back to the majors in mid-July to play second base until Tatis suffered a season-ending injury. Overall, Urías posted a lackluster .223/.329/.326 batting line along with four home runs, 24 RBI, and 27 runs scored in 249 plate appearances.

Lauer, 24, went 8-10 with a 4.45 ERA and a 138/51 K/BB ratio over 149 2/3 innings of work last season. That he’s left-handed means the Brewers could potentially keep Brent Suter, who recovered from Tommy John surgery, in the bullpen if needed.

Davies, 26, had his best season as a major leaguer this past season. He went 10-7 with a 3.55 ERA and a 102/51 K/BB ratio across 159 2/3 innings. Across parts of five seasons, the right-hander boasts a 3.91 ERA and should benefit from the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park.

Grisham, 23, posted a solid .231/.328/.410 line along with six homers and 24 RBI across 183 trips to the plate. The Padres’ starting outfield spots are already spoken for, so Grisham will serve as a backup.

There’s plenty of upside in this trade for both teams, though it is odd the Padres felt it was time to give up on Urías already. They will go with Greg Garcia and Ian Kinsler at second base for now, though they could make an upgrade during the offseason through free agency or another trade. Davies over Lauer is a significant upgrade to the rotation as he will slot in at No. 2 behind Chris Paddack.

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.