Astros to Sign OF Michael Brantley to Two-Year Contract

Tanya Simon
December 20, 2018

The deal was not yet official but both sides agreed to the terms, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported.

The Cleveland Indians have lost two outfielders to free agency. He was limited to 101 games combined over the previous two seasons because of injuries that required surgeries on his right shoulder and right ankle.

After battling injuries in 2016 and 2017, Brantley had a strong 2018 season as he had a.309 batting average with 17 home runs and 76 RBI over 143 games. However, Brantley was able to stay healthy in 2018 and returned to the all-star form he had prior to his injury issues.

Brantley's most prominent attribute is his ability to make solid contact at the plate.

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But as Reddick regressed by an alarming.129 OPS points and fell toward the bottom of the order last season, the Astros' lineup became awfully right-handed.

Love the #Astros signing Michael Brantley to 2-year deal.

The Houston Astros could very well be on the verge of upgrading their outfield position.

Since making his debut in 2009, Brantley is a.295 career hitter with 87 homers, 528 RBIs and 118 stolen bases. Sure this deal has some risk-due to Brantley's health issues, but for the amount and length he signed for, Houston is getting incredible value. Signing Brantley isn't going to wow fans like inking Bryce Harper, but it's going to be a much more cost-efficient move for the Astros.

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