Some sad news via the Baltimore Sun: pitcher Bob Turley, who played in the Majors between 1951-63, died of liver cancer at the age of 82.
He won the Orioles’ first home game in 1954 and took home the 1958 Cy Young award with a 21-7 record and 2.97 ERA, beating out Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, and Bob Friend.
Turley was a three-time All-Star, spending eight of his 12 big league seasons with the Yankees. He finished his career with 101 wins and a 3.64 ERA.
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.