Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Bernie Miklasz today that he envisions Carlos Beltran batting second in the Cardinals lineup. So the presumption is:
And then whatnot and so forth and the pitcher most likely ninth because Tony La Russa isn’t around to screw around anymore.
Gotta say: not too shabby.
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.