Call it “the RBI that won’t die.”
Even after all of the lengths Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and owner John Henry went through to take it away from him, David Ortiz today was reawarded an RBI from last Wednesday’s game against the Indians.
To review, Ortiz was initially credited with a two-run single on a ball to right that was bobbled by Cleveland’s Austin Kearns. The official scorer reviewed it afterwards and changed it to a one-run single, apparently because it appeared third-base coach Tim Bogar started to hold Kevin Youkilis on the play before the bobble. MLB reviewed it, as it occasionally does disputed plays, and changed it back today.
The decision gives Ortiz 75 RBI this season. It also restores an earned run to Carlos Carrasco’s total, taking his ERA from 4.55 to 4.62.
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.