According to the Associated Press, 63-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League on Monday.
Lee, who recently made the news for some pointed comments after the death of George Steinbrenner, is expected to start the season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes on September 5.
By the way, this isn’t something out of the ordinary for the outspoken southpaw. He has competed in various independent leagues in New England and Canada since his major league career came to an end in 1982. Lee, of course, compiled a 119-90 record and 3.62 ERA over 14 major league seasons with the Red Sox and Expos.
Most of Lee’s career came before I was even born, but he’s always been a fascinating personality to me, transcending the sport of baseball. I’d recommend watching this documentary, “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey,” if you haven’t seen it already.
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.