The Houston Astros are bringing back a familiar face


Houston Astros Michael Brantley, Yuli Gurriel
Uncle Mike is back! Composite image by Brandon Strange

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Astros are re-signing outfielder Michael Brantley to a 1-year deal for $12 million.

Brantley played in 64 games for the Astros last season before injuring his shoulder, which required surgery ending his season.

Brantley hit .288 with 5 home runs 26 RBI and a .785 OPS in 2022.

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The Braves blew the game open against Hader on Monday night. Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images.

When the Astros signed Josh Hader to anchor the back of the bullpen with Ryan Pressly and Bryan Abreu, we thought the club might have the best 'pen in MLB.

But at this early stage in the season, nobody is confusing these guys with Octavio Dotel, Brad Lidge, and Billy Wager.

Heading into the ninth inning on Monday night, the Astros handed the ball to Hader trailing the Braves 2-1. Instead of keeping the game close and giving the Astros' offense one more chance, the Braves teed off on the closer putting the game out of reach and ultimately winning 6-1.

Hader has one save on the season with an ERA over nine. Which has us wondering, do the Astros have a Hader problem?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein weigh in!

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