Outfielder Michael Brantley is returning to the Astros, reaching a two-year, $32 million agreement with the club on Wednesday, a source told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. The Astros have not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical.
Earlier in the day, reports had indicated that Brantley had agreed to a
Earlier in the day, reports had indicated that Brantley had agreed to a contract with the Blue Jays, which would have joined him with George Springer in departing Houston for Toronto. However, subsequent reports clarified that Brantley had yet to reach a decision.
Now he is staying in Houston. Brantley, who will turn 34 on May 15, originally signed with the Astros as a free agent in 2018. Over the past two seasons, he batted .309/.370/.497 for the club (a 126 OPS+), with 27 home runs and 112 RBIs in 194 games. The left-handed batter is a .297/.354/.440 (116 OPS+) career hitter over 12 seasons for Cleveland and Houston.
Brantley started 19 games in left field and 26 at designated hitter in 2020. However, with Yordan Alvarez expected to return to the lineup this coming season after battling knee injuries, Brantley figures to spend more time in the outfield going forward. With Springer on his way out, Houston’s outfield was looking thin outside of Kyle Tucker, making that a significant area of need for the club this offseason.