The Diamondbacks set a Monday deadline for Aaron Hill

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Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports that the Diamondbacks have a multi-year offer on the table for Aaron Hill.  They want an answer from him by Monday.

The fact of the offer is not news — Nick Piecoro reported this earlier this week — but then it was said to have been an open-ended thing with nothing imminent.  Magurder’s report of the deadline is new. Perchance Kevin Towers is trying to spur Mr. Hill into action one way or the other.

It has been infielderpalooza for Arizona so far this fall. They have already signed John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist.  Hill is the most valuable of the bunch by far, of course, having  hit .315/.386/.492 in 33 games after being acquired from the Jays.

Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

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.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.