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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have long

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 admired Michael Brantley’s game from afar.They’re ready to appreciate it up close.The Astros finalized a $32 million Lewis Brinson Jersey , two-year contract Wednesday with the free agent outfielder and introduced him in Houston.“We like everything about Michael’s game, and we’ve been watching him for years,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “To be able to add a bat like Michael Brantley at this point in our progression, it gives us a lot better chance to continue to do damage the next two years. So we’re excited.”Brantley joins a team that lost to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS a year after winning its first World Series. The 31-year-old gives the Astros an upgrade in left field and adds a left-handed bat to a predominantly right-handed lineup.Manager A.J. Hinch has thought about where he’ll put Brantley in the batting order, but he wouldn’t divulge those thoughts publicly Wednesday. He did, however, rave about the team’s new addition.“He can do anything. We could ask him to do anything and he’s going to be able to do it http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey ,” Hinch said. “He gets on base. He gets hits. He can drive in runs. He’s a tough out. He doesn’t swing and miss. Those skills translate throughout the whole lineup.”He gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on March 15 and annual salaries of $15 million.Brantley is a career .295 hitter and adds more punch to an outfield anchored by center fielder George Springer. After spending his entire 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians, Brantley said he was both excited and nervous about the move.“It’s a little bit of both,” he said. “I’m excited to start a new journey, new chapter. And I’m really excited that I’m coming here with a great group of guys, great coaching staff that I kind of already know just with past experience with and competing with for a long period of time.”The three-time All-Star hit .309 with 17 homers, 36 doubles and 76 RBIs in 143 games last season, making 134 starts in left field. He had a $12 million base salary and earned $100 J. T. Realmuto Jersey ,000 in bonuses. His best season came in 2014, when he finished third in AL MVP voting after hitting 20 homers with 97 RBIs — both career highs.Brantley can earn award bonuses for finishing top five in AL MVP voting, making the All-Star team or winning the World Series, League Championship Series MVP, a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger award.Several of Houston’s position players welcomed Brantley via social media. Hinch said the team’s pitching staff was also thrilled to have him.“I think our pitching staff is as happy as can be that we signed him,” Hinch said. “We would shift him, he would hit against the shift. We would un-shift him http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey , he would pull the ball in the hole. He’s what they call a professional hitter for a reason.”Luhnow said adding a player like Brantley was one of the Astros’ highest priorities for this offseason, but they will continue looking for opportunities to improve both the offense and their rotation.Hinch loves that Houston’s front office is so committed to improving the team despite already having a strong roster.“We like the feeling of winning,” he said. “We’ve won four years in a row, having a winning record. We’ve won the division a couple of years in the row. We’ve won a World Series, got to the ALCS. That’s a lot of success and a high standard and a high bar. … We’ve got a really good thing going and in order to keep that going we need moves like this when the opportunity presents itself.” The Washington Nationals reportedly offered Bryce Harper a 10-year $300 million contract, but according to The Athletic's Jim Bowden, that was only the first offer made by GM Mike Rizzo and the front office.According to Bowden Miguel Rojas Jersey , Washington actually offered "much more than the $300 million" that was thrown around by insiders. How much more lucrative the contract was is unknown, but it obviously wasn't enough to retain the 2015 National League MVP.Harper - who is expected to earn at least $350 million in his next deal - remains unsigned, along with many of the other top free agents. All-Stars Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are among the big names that continue to await a new contract.advertisingThe Nationals appear to be moving on from Harper at this point, as the Lerner family ownership emphasized before they couldn't go beyond their final offer to him. Washington already made one big splash in free agency, signing starting pitcher Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal worth $140 million.Harper finished 2018 with 34 home runs, 100 RBI Bryan Holaday Jersey , a .249 batting average and .889 OPS career totals of .279 and .900, respectively. But Harper remains an elite power hitter and would simply be a huge money draw to whichever team signs him.advertising Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsHarper is a six-time All-Star and won the aforementioned NL MVP award in 2015. He's been one of the most marketed and popular athletes since his sensational 2012 rookie season - where Harper helped Washington reach the postseason for the first time since relocating from Montreal.Though he remains unsigned, Harper is set to land the richest contract in MLB history. Right now, Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million deal signed with the Miami Marlins in 2014 remains the largest ever.What This MeansThe Nationals simply decided that they can't pour all of their money into one superstar player, instead using the cash to address multiple areas on the roster. As good as Harper is, few players in baseball are worthy of a $350 million contract. Even the Nationals don't think a former MVP and young superstar is worth it.advertising
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