UPDATE: Isringhausen’s agent told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client is not retired. The coaching job is a volunteer position, so he’s still opening to pitching another season in the big leagues.
3:15 PM: Jason Isringhausen went back and forth about retiring all offseason, but I guess this means he’s definitely calling it a career:
SIUE baseball Interim Head Coach Tony Stoecklin has announced the addition of Major League pitcher Jason Isringhausen to his staff. Isringhausen, a native of Brighton, Ill., will serve as a pitching coach for the Cougars.
SIUE stands for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, which has 14,000 students and boasts an alumni list that includes Bill Plaschke, Dewayne Staats, Clay Zavada, Jeff Tweedy, and Kathleen Madigan.
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.