Bud Selig is not gonna kowtow to the IOC to get baseball back into the Olympics

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Good for Bud:

Any chance that baseball had to get back in the Olympics for 2020 likely was scuttled when commissioner Bud Seligsaid Major League Baseball wouldn’t put its season on pause to enable the best players to compete.

“Look, we can’t stop our season in August,” Selig said last month. “We just can’t.”

That won’t fly with the International Olympic Committee, which isn’t going to hold a tournament for horsehide retirees and minor leaguers when the NBA and NHL send their best to Olympus.

Good for Bud for two reasons: (a) for noting that the regular baseball season is more important than an international competition which doesn’t really give a hoot about baseball; and (b) for not playing ball with the same IOC which thinks that wrestling shouldn’t be in the Olympics anymore when it’s ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FREAKING OLYMPIC SPORTS.

But really: with professional leagues in multiple countries and an international tournament already in existence in the form of the WBC, does baseball in the Olympics serve any real purpose?

Report: Astros, Michael Brantley agree to two-year, $32 million contract

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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.