Red Sox Rumors: Michael Brantley is the Other Astros Free Agent Boston Should Be Looking At

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The offseason for Major League Baseball is set to fully get underway and the Red Sox are expected to be players in free agency. Boston is coming off a lackluster season that was incredibly difficult for fans to watch. Heading into his second offseason, what will Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom do time improve this baseball team? 

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Michael Brantley is coming off a two-year, $32 million deal with the Astros where he hit .309, hit 27 home runs and drove in 112 runs. The eventual Red Sox manager could pencil him in left field and in the No. 2 hole in the lineup while moving Andrew Benintendi to center.  He’ll be a capable left fielder for the Red Sox while also being able to DH as well. Fans might question his durability, but Brantley has played 140 games the last two seasons. There will be the fear of his age impacting his play in the outfield.  


 


The Astros did not tender a qualifying offer to Brantley, even with the threat of Springer leaving in free agency. A one year qualifying offer this season is worth $18.9 million, and considering he made $16 million last season it was possible Houston could do that. Fans should also consider that Yordan Alvarez is coming off knee surgery which potentially leaves the Astros looking for multiple outfielders this offseason. 


The Red Sox lineup lacked a certain spark last season. Boston didn’t have Betts in the lineup, J.D. Martinez looked lost all season at the plate. Brantley would bring a consistent stick to the lineup, he’s a career .297 hitter and he gets on base. He would bring a career slash line of .354 OBP, .440 SLG % and a .794 OPS to the Red Sox lineup


Brantley is a disciplined hitter and tough strikeout much at the plate. The addition of Brantley could give Boston the option of possibly trading Benintendi this offseason or moving him to center field. 


One of the downsides to signing Brantley is he’s a left-handed hitter. The Red Sox were a little left-handed heavy last season. It’s expected Jackie Bradley Jr. to leave via free agency, potentially to Houston, Brantley would essentially be filling his role as a lefty in the lineup. 


The Red Sox have the ability to spend money this offseason to improve their roster. Brantley could command a two-year deal in the $24 million deal range. The money shouldn’t be an issue for the Red Sox, as they are expected to be one of the teams to spend. Brantley could solve a few problems for Bloom and the Red Sox next season. Red Sox fans will have to be patient and wait for the front office to make their first major offseason move.  


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