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HOUSTON (AP) &#8212; The Houston Astros have long admired Michael Brantley&#8217;s game from afar.They&#8217;re ready to appreciate it up close.The Astros finalized a $32 million , two-year contract Wednesday with the free agent outfielder and introduced him in Houston.&#8220;We like everything about Michael&#8217;s game, and we&#8217;ve been watching him for years,&#8221; general manager Jeff Luhnow said. &#8220;To be able to add a bat like Michael Brantley at this point in our progression, it gives us a lot better chance to continue to do damage the next two years. So we&#8217;re excited.&#8221;Brantley joins a team that lost to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS a year after winning its first World Series. The 31-year-old gives the Astros an upgrade in left field and adds a left-handed bat to a predominantly right-handed lineup.Manager A.J. Hinch has thought about where he&#8217;ll put Brantley in the batting order, but he wouldn&#8217;t divulge those thoughts publicly Wednesday. He did, however, rave about the team&#8217;s new addition.&#8220;He can do anything. We could ask him to do anything and he&#8217;s going to be able to do it,&#8221; Hinch said. &#8220;He gets on base. He gets hits. He can drive in runs. He&#8217;s a tough out. He doesn&#8217;t swing and miss. Those skills translate throughout the whole lineup.&#8221;He gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on March 15 and annual salaries of $15 million.Brantley is a career .295 hitter and adds more punch to an outfield anchored by center fielder George Springer. After spending his entire 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians, Brantley said he was both excited and nervous about the move.&#8220;It&#8217;s a little bit of both,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I&#8217;m excited to start a new journey, new chapter. And I&#8217;m really excited that I&#8217;m coming here with a great group of guys, great coaching staff that I kind of already know just with past experience with and competing with for a long period of time.&#8221;The three-time All-Star hit .309 with 17 homers, 36 doubles and 76 RBIs in 143 games last season Joe Mauer Jersey , making 134 starts in left field. He had a $12 million base salary and earned $100,000 in bonuses. His best season came in 2014, when he finished third in AL MVP voting after hitting 20 homers with 97 RBIs &#8212; both career highs.Brantley can earn award bonuses for finishing top five in AL MVP voting, making the All-Star team or winning the World Series, League Championship Series MVP, a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger award.Several of Houston&#8217;s position players welcomed Brantley via social media. Hinch said the team&#8217;s pitching staff was also thrilled to have him.&#8220;I think our pitching staff is as happy as can be that we signed him,&#8221; Hinch said. &#8220;We would shift him, he would hit against the shift. We would un-shift him, he would pull the ball in the hole. He&#8217;s what they call a professional hitter for a reason.&#8221;Luhnow said adding a player like Brantley was one of the Astros&#8217; highest priorities for this offseason, but they will continue looking for opportunities to improve both the offense and their rotation.Hinch loves that Houston&#8217;s front office is so committed to improving the team despite already having a strong roster.&#8220;We like the feeling of winning,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We&#8217;ve won four years in a row, having a winning record. We&#8217;ve won the division a couple of years in the row. We&#8217;ve won a World Series, got to the ALCS. That&#8217;s a lot of success and a high standard and a high bar. &#8230; We&#8217;ve got a really good thing going and in order to keep that going we need moves like this when the opportunity presents itself.&#8221; LAKE BUENA VISTA Glen Perkins Jersey , Fla. (AP) &#8212; Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers had their first organized workout Saturday, officially ending a relatively quiet winter for the team that won the NL East.It may have been a little too quiet for some critics, considering the aggressive roster moves made by their division rivals. But All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman begs to differ.&#8220;Pretty much everyone came back, and we added Josh Donaldson and B-Mac (Brian McCann),&#8221; Freeman said. &#8220;I feel we have a 90-win team that got better, so I think we&#8217;re going to be very good this year.&#8221;Darren O&#8217;Day was the other major winter acquisition, adding veteran depth to a bullpen that was tested last season as the Braves won the division by eight games and qualified for the postseason for the first time in five years.&#8220;We&#8217;ve kind of gotten to the point where there&#8217;s not a lot of holes, maybe one starter, and we&#8217;ll take the best eight (relievers) with us north,&#8221; said Brian Snitker, who won the NL Manager of the Year award. &#8220;We used 33 pitchers last year. Ten guys made their debuts. We&#8217;ve got a long time to be down here and to sort things out. But you&#8217;ve got to like the depth and what we have.&#8221;The first priority will be finding a fifth starter behind Mike Foltynewicz, Julio Teheran, Sean Newcomb and Kevin Gausman.Mike Soroka , a 21-year-old right-hander who went 2-1 in five starts before shoulder pain ended his rookie season in June, is one of the leading candidates to fill the No. 5 spot.&#8220;It&#8217;s the moment I&#8217;ve been thinking about for months now, I guess since we made the decision to shut it down last year,&#8221; said Soroka, who will not be limited this spring. &#8220;I&#8217;m coming in ready to compete for a spot and make the team better. I know it&#8217;s kind of a marathon, not a 100-meter race.&#8221;All of the starters are 28 or younger.&#8220;Whoever has the ball that day is the ace. I truly believe everybody on this team feels that way,&#8221; said Gausman, who went 5-3 in 10 starts after being traded from Baltimore. &#8220;It&#8217;s good, healthy competition between all of us, and seeing these young guys motivates us, too.&#8221;O&#8217;Day joins a bullpen that includes seven pitchers who appeared in at least35 games for the Braves last year, plus veteran left-hander Jonny Venters, who pitched in 28 games after being acquired in late July.&#8220;We don&#8217;t need to look anywhere else to fill the eight bullpen spots Paul Molitor Jersey ,&#8221; Snitker said. &#8220;You start with eight healthy guys to take north and try to put your best foot forward, but things happen and you&#8217;re going to need a bunch of &#8217;em.&#8221;In spite of all the noise made by their division foes, Freeman defends the Braves&#8217; decision not to add a starter.&#8220;We&#8217;re good,&#8221; he said. &#8220;You&#8217;ve already got four starters and then you&#8217;ve got dynamic young guys for the fifth spot. I&#8217;m sure some of those will go into the bullpen because that&#8217;s a big part of the game now.&#8221;NOTES: SS Dansby Swanson, who had surgery on his left wrist in November, is in camp. &#8220;He&#8217;s obviously going to be behind a little bit,&#8221; Snitker said, &#8220;but I think he&#8217;s going to have plenty of time.&#8221; . . . The first full-squad workout it scheduled for Thursday . . . The Braves will play their first exhibition game Feb. 23 at Port St. Lucie against the New York Mets.

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