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Houston Astros re-sign Michael Brantley to two-year deal

The Astros have kept some depth with the free agent outfielder returning back to the lone star state.

Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros throws his bat while looking at the Tampa Bay Rays dugout while running on a fly out during the third inning in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 17, 2020 in San Diego, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have re-signed Michael Brantley, taking the star outfielder off of the free agency market. Brantley is signing a two-year contract worth $32 million, per Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston.

Earlier on Wednesday, it was reported that Bradley signed a multi-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, joining George Springer north of the border. However, that was not the case as the Astros needed to keep him at Minute Maid Park for the foreseeable future. Last season, the veteran outfielder slashed .300/.364/.476 with five home runs and 22 RBI.

In his first season with Houston in 2019, Brantley slashed .311/.372/.503 to go along with a career-high 22 home runs and 90 RBI. The veteran slugger was solid addition to an Astros batting order that featured Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Springer. He was also named to the All-Star Game that year, making it his third-straight appearance.

Michael Brantley came up in the Brewers system prior to being traded to the Cleveland Indians, where he played for 10 seasons. He signed a two-year contract in free agency with the Houston Astros in 2018.