Astros bring Michael Brantley back for 2023 – Talking Stros Podcast

Jun 17, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Michael Brantley (23) reacts after hitting a grand slam against the Chicago White Sox in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Astros bring Michael Brantley back for 2023 – Talking Stros Podcast

Eric Huysman and Brandon del Castillo discuss Michael Brantley returning to the Houston Astros on a 1-year deal for $12 million plus $4 million in incentives. This addresses the need for another left-handed bat in the lineup, another left fielder/designated hitter, and a veteran leader who was big for the team in the playoffs. Are the Astros done? Who will be the final position player?

Jon Heyman mentioned Saturday that the names the Astros were interested in were Bradley, Michael Conforto, and Jurickson Profar. Many of the other names have signed on with other teams. Many people wondered if Jim Crane, who said he had the resources to make more moves, would actually make a move. 

The move

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Astros did so on Sunday afternoon by bringing back Michael Brantley on a one-year, $12 million deal. Brantley still has to pass a physical and only played in 64 games last season. He still batted .288/ .370/ .416/ .785 with five homers before a shoulder injury ended his season. With the Astros, Brantley is a career .304 hitter with an OPS+ of 124. 

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