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Scott Alexander agrees to one-year, $875,000 contract with Dodgers

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Lefty reliever Scott Alexander and the Dodgers have agreed on a one-year, $875,000 contract, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports. With the new contract, Alexander avoids arbitration. He has two more years of eligibility remaining.

Alexander, 30, last pitched on June 5, missing the remainder of the season due to forearm and thumb injuries. Across 17 1/3 innings, he posted a 3.63 ERA with nine strikeouts and seven walks. He has a quality arm out of the bullpen in 2018, his first year with the Dodgers, and the club is hoping he can return to form in 2020.

Alexander is one of a number of arbitration-eligible Dodgers. Monday at 8 PM ET marks the deadline for arb-eligible players and their teams to agree to terms on a contract for the upcoming 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.