Elvis Andrus signs … but where’s Nolan?

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Elvis Andrus officially signed his contract today and had a little press conference and everything. But as LewPBlog (and many others) noted, Nolan Ryan was AWOL.

Figure it’s worth just tendering your resignation yet, Nolan? You’re upsetting the kids.

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.