Michael Brantley not signing with the Blue Jays after all: report

Jan 20 2021, 9:41 am

After initial reports that the Toronto Blue Jays had signed Houston Astros star Michael Brantley, it appears he has picked a different destination.

Earlier today, Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae reported that the free-agent hitter had an agreement in place on a three-year contract to join the Blue Jays. The report was later confirmed by multiple baseball insiders.

But not so fast.

Later on, a Blue Jays source told Mae that there was no deal currently in place for the former All-Star.

FOX 26’s Mark Berman is now reporting that the Houston Astros have re-signed Brantley to a two-year deal worth $32 million.

That report as since been confirmed by other MLB insiders such as ESPN’S Buster Olney and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

The 33-year-old was a former member of Cleveland’s baseball team for 10 seasons before spending the last two years with the Astros. During the shortened 2020 season, Brantley played in 46 games and had a batting average of .336, with 51 hits, and 22 RBI’s.

After the George Springer signing, there were rumours that Springer was trying to recruit Brantley to join the Blue Jays according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The two are close friends and played together on Houston.

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