Another Bat Gone: Astros Set to Sign Outfielder Michael Brantley to Two-Year Deal

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Another Bat Gone: Astros Set to Sign Outfielder Michael Brantley to Two-Year Deal

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Well, we reckoned that there would be some free agent activity this week as guys try to get things pinned down in advance of the holidays – it’s nice to know where you’re going to be next year – and sure enough, we have a big signing.

And sure enough, it’s not the Cubs:

Brantley, 31, was one of the few impact bats in the outfield on this year’s market, albeit one that comes with boatloads of injury concerns (hence why he gets only two years, while the similarly-valued Andrew McCutchen got three). The Cubs were tied to Brantley not so much by any hard-and-fast rumors, but instead by the speculative fit.

In the end, it’s pretty clear that the Cubs will make more modest additions on the positional side (like Daniel Descalso or Troy Tulowitzki) – absent shedding a lot of salary and/or a surprising trade – and, that being the case, a guy like Brantley was not going to be in the cards. (Clearly the Cubs are just saving it all for Bryce Harper, AMIRITE.)

So, I guess this is your moment to keep on rooting for the Cubs to either pull a surprising salary dump out of their pocket, or pull some cash out of that pocket.


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