Report: Mariners, Figgins agree to $36 million deal

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The Associated Press has learned that the Mariners and Chone Figgins have come to terms on a four-year, $36 million contract with a vesting option for 2014.
The option is also for $9 million, making the deal potentially worth $45 million.
SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported that the Mariners began the day at $27 million for three years or $32 million for four. The Angels were believed to be offering $24 million for three years. Offers from the Mets and Cubs apparently never materialized, so Figgins settled for just $3 million more per season than Placido Polanco received from the Phillies.
The deal is set to be announced at the start of the winter meetings on Monday.

Report: Astros, Michael Brantley agree to two-year, $32 million contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and outfielder Michael Brantley are closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract in the $32 million range.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

Brantley’s health, though, is why he had to settle for a two-year deal as opposed to a longer contract for a player of his caliber. He will take over in left field. In the event Brantley succumbs to injury woes, the Astros have top prospect Kyle Tucker waiting in the wings.

Update: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who also reports that the deal is in place, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH. That opens up some more playing time for Tucker.