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Reports: Astros reach 2-year deal with Brantley

Michael Brantley adds a needed left-handed presence to the middle of the Astros' lineup, which is heavily right-handed with key cogs Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and George Springer.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Few offseason signings will look as much like a perfect match as Michael Brantley to the Astros. The Astros needed left-handed bat after hitting just .246 against right-handed pitching in 2018, a flaw a steady diet of righty Red Sox relievers exposed in the ALCS. Among AL teams, only the Angels batted less often with the platoon advantage. Brantley can also DH, so he doesn't necessarily block top prospect Kyle Tucker, another lefty bat who could win the left-field job. A great team just got better.

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23hDavid Schoenfield

The state of the starting pitching market

A look at who is still available in free agency, who could be involved in a trade, and the teams that could use a rotation upgrade.

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13dDavid Schoenfield

Where things stand with Bryce Harper sweepstakes

With the winter meetings upcoming in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, we look at the free-agent outfielder's quest for baseball's biggest contract.

Boone, Cora, Hinch open up on close friendship (3:02)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about ace pitching prospect Forrest Whitley. He answered by pointing out that Whitley was mowing down hitters in his Arizona Fall League debut in October while the Astros were still playing in the postseason. After Whitley's outing, a scout texted Hinch, saying, "I've got your starter for Sunday." Suffice to say, the Astros are excited about Whitley.

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Kluber for Schwarber and more trades we want to see in Vegas

A swap of 2016 World Series stars? Madison Bumgarner in Dodger blue? We play Let's Make A Deal, Las Vegas-style with moves we'd make if we were calling the shots at the winter meetings.

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Veteran C Chirinos, Astros reach 1-year deal

Catcher Robinson Chirinos, who hit .222 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the Rangers last season, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.

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20dDavid Schoenfield

Way-too-early 2019-20 MLB free-agent rankings

While this winter's crop searches for new homes, we look ahead to the big decisions that loom for some of the game's top stars -- Nolan Arenado, Chris Sale, Paul Goldschmidt and Gerrit Cole among them.

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27dDavid Schoenfield

The top offseason priority for all 30 MLB teams

Your favorite team probably isn't going to get Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But another move -- maybe for a top pitcher -- could make all the difference this winter.

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Astros acquire IF Diaz in trade with Blue Jays

The Astros, who could lose Marwin Gonzalez to free agency, acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz, who hit a career-high 18 homers last season, in a trade with the Blue Jays.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.111st
Quality Starts1051st
Batting Average.2557th
On Base Percentage.3297th
Slugging Percentage.4258th