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Astros NewsAfter a quiet week in Vegas http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , the Astros make a splash by reportedly signing Michael Brantley (MLB Trade Rumors)Who it turns out is good in addition to being on the Astros now (Fangraphs)Lance is also pretty pumped about having him in the good guy’s dugout (CUT4)They do remain in the market for Realmuto, though that might mean trading Tucker which I’m less sure about (MLB.com)Maybe a trade with Seattle for Encarnacion is in the stars, which seems more reasonable (Sodo Mojo)Richard Justice had a little talk with MLB Network about the Astros’ offseason (MLB Video)It’s been an offseason full of charity for the Astros players (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Around the LeagueSeems like a good time to have a look at the market for starting pitching (ESPN)Which got slightly thinner with the Pirates signing sometimes-starter and former Astro Jordan Lyles (MLB Trade Rumors)There’s also these three buy-low candidates dangling out there (MLB.com)Noah Syndergaard is definitely not in that category, with the Mets rejecting a straight up trade for him and Realmuto (Bleacher Report)CC Sabathia will receive his $500k bonus in spite of falling short of his innings goal (Yahoo Sports)Jeurys Familia turned down a closer job elsewhere because he wanted to be a Met (NY Post)The 2019 season will open with a two game series in Japan between the A’s and Mariners (Sporting News)One thing the Winter Meetings showed this year is that MLB is betting on diversity (The Undefeated) Kelly Kline/Getty ImagesWhere will Bryce Harper play baseball next season?According to OddsShark, the Chicago Cubs are the favorites (+150 et $100 to win $150), followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers (+350), New York Yankees (+450) Trevor Hoffman Jersey , Philadelphia Phillies (+650), Washington Nationals (+700), Boston Red Sox (+900), Los Angeles Angels (+1200) and San Francisco Giants (+1500).Harper, 25, is set to become a free agent next summer in a loaded class that will likely also include Manny Machado and Clayton Kershaw. He's expected to command an absurd contract this offseason, potentially garnering anywhere from $300-400 million.By his own lofty standards Evan Longoria Jersey , Harper has had an up-and-down 2018 season. The down has been his .247 batting average, though he's made up for that with 34 homers, 97 RBI, 97 runs, 12 stolen bases and a solid .394 on-base percentage and .894 OPS.He was the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, 2015 NL MVP and is a six-time All-Star. He remains one of MLB's most visible and marketable superstars, and there will be a bidding war for his services this offseason.The Cubs Andrew McCutchen Jersey , Dodgers or Yankees landing him would be a classic case of the rich getting richer. The Cubs were the 2016 World Series champions and are all but a lock to return to the postseason this year for the fourth straight year, while the Dodgers traded for Machado this offseason, have reached the postseason in five straight seasons (likely to be a sixth this year) and won the NL pennant last year.And the Yankees are primed to reach the postseason for the third time in four years and already have the slugging pair of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the middle of the lineup.If any of those teams land Harper, it will be scary for the rest of baseball.
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