Jon Heyman reports that the Reds have agreed to a four-year contract with infielder Mike Moustakas. The total deal is for $64 million, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Moustakas, 31, spent last season with the Brewers, putting up a solid .254/.329/.516 slash line along with 30 doubles, 35 home runs, 87 RBI, and 80 runs scored across 584 plate appearances. He spent nearly 800 innings at third base as well as approximately 360 innings at second base.
Moustakas had to settle for one-year deals for each of the last two seasons despite ranking among the game’s better-hitting third basemen, peaking in ’17 with 38 homers and a 117 adjusted OPS. He was finally able to cash in on a long-term contract.
With Eugenio Suárez firmly entrenched at third base, Moustakas will handle second base. He should slot into the cleanup spot in the Reds’ lineup behind Suárez and ahead of Aristides Aquino.
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.