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Mets to sign Bruce Maxwell

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Tim Healey of Newsday reports that the New York Mets have reached a minor league deal with catcher Bruce Maxwell. The deal is pending a physical.

Maxwell’s name has been in the news a lot lately by virtue of his having been the first major leaguer to kneel during the national anthem back in 2017. At the time he was on his own — and anonymous executives in the game cited his protest as a reason why he would be unable to find future employment in baseball. In recent days, of course, several ballplayers have taken a knee following a significant shift in attitudes about such protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

In the event, the 29-year-old catcher hasn’t had played since the 2018 season when he was let go by the Athletics following his having pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct in connection with an incident in which he was accused of pointing a gun at a delivery person’s head.

Maxwell, a career .240/.314/.347 hitter in 412 plate appearances, will not be joining the Mats regular roster. Rather, he will work out at the Mets’ alternate training site.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”