Out-of-game veteran Michael Brantley will return to Houston Astros after the free agent agreed to a two-year deal worth $ 32 million, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.
Brantley, 33, continues to boast a high degree of contact, a low scratch ratio and a plate polish. In 46 games with Astros in 2020, alternating between the left field and DH, Brantley hit. 300, with five homers, 22 RBI and OPS of .840.
Since 2014, he has scored at least 300 for five seasons, equal to four others for the most such seasons in baseball during that period. He also achieved success in just 10.1% of his appearances on the plate since 2014, the third best place in baseball during that time, with a minimum of 2,000 appearances on the plate.
Fox 26 in Houston was the first to announce that Brantley and Astros had agreed to the deal.
Brantley also signed a two-year, $ 32 million contract when he joined Astros before the 2019 season.
Injuries have worried Brantley during his 12-year career at Cleveland and Astros, in which Brantley has an average of .297, 114 homers, 640 RBI and .794 OPS. He has been All-Star four times, and in 2014 finished third in the MVP vote.
Earlier, ESPN reported that Brantley had agreed to a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, which has already reached a six-year $ 150 million deal with former Astros teammate George Springer, sources confirmed.