Document exists! According to Ken RosenthalMichael Brantley returns to the Houston Astros, signing a one-year, $12 million deal. It also adds $4 million in incentives. This is great news for the Astros!
In a four-year stint with the Astros, he went to the ALCS four straight years, reached the World Series three times, and eventually won a World Series for the first time in his fourteen-year career. This will be the third time Brantley has resigned with the Houston Astros. In 2018, Brantley signed a two-year, $32 million contract, when his contract expired in 2020, he then returned with another two-year, $32 million deal.
Brantley brings a lot of veteran attendance and is one of the most prolific hitters in the game. In my opinion, if you are a left-handed batsman, you should pay close attention to his approach. Cool, calm and collected is what I like to describe.
The 35-year-old veteran suffered a right shoulder injury and subsequently had season-ending surgery that took him out of the second half of the season. In 2022, Brantley has played 64 games, but still has decent offensive numbers. He slapped .288/.370/.460, hit five home runs, collected 26 RBI, and finished with an OPS-high 0.785.
It was the first time Brantley had a batting average below . 300 in his Astros career. He’s been very consistent over the past four years with the organization hitting .306/.368/.464, with an OPS of .832, and racking up 446 hits, 40 home runs, and 185 RBI in 1,609 plate appearances. It brings it a WRC+ at 130 and a WOBA at .356.
This was the right move for the Houston Astros!
With this acquisition, the Astros lineup becomes very dominant and dangerous as well. Also, we could see Michael Brantley being named the designated starting hitter in 2023. Dusty Baker previously mentioned in the Winter Meetings that he wants Yordan Alvarez to lead left field 65-70% of the time. When Yordan needs a break, you can put him in as a designated hitter and have Michael Brantley play his natural position in left field.
The Houston Astros are having a great season so far! They improved and closed the gap at first base with the signing of Jose Abreu. They brought a key piece to the bullseye with Rafael Montero. Now, they’re bringing back one of the best contact hitters in the game with Michael Brantley.
Here comes the interesting signing part: Would you put Michael Brantley back in my batting order? Pena looked very comfortable hitting behind Altuve at the end of the 2022 season, which is Uncle Mike’s original hitting spot. However, Jeremy Pena had a great postseason and collected some hardware to become ALCS and World Series MVP.
When Brantley is healthy, he hits . 300 easily, and what makes him so hard to pitch is that he can take the ball to every part of the field, with great positional hitting, and a great eye for the plate. He’ll look to bounce back this coming season to help the Astros get back to the World Series, and eventually strive to win back the World Series titles once again.
Let me know your thoughts on signing Michael Brantley and where you would put him in the squad.