MLB Rumors: Michael Brantley Returning To Astros, Upends Blue Jays Reports

Houston keeps one of its centerpieces

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January 20, 2021

UPDATE (4:08 P.M ET): In a somewhat stunning reversal, Michael Brantley has agreed to return to the Houston Astros on a two-year deal, according to multiple repots.

KRIV-TV’s Mark Berman was first to report the news.

Multiple reports early Wednesday indicated Brantley had agreed to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays. However, contradictory reports arrived shortly thereafter, with news of the Astros’ agreement with Brantley being reported late Wednesday afternoon.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Blue Jays aren’t messing around

Toronto on Wednesday agreed to terms with Michael Brantley on a three-year contract, according to multiple reports. Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae was first to report the news, which since has been confirmed by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Late Tuesday night, Toronto reportedly signed star outfielder George Springer to a six-year deal.

Obviously, the additions of Brantley and Springer are huge for the Blue Jays, who should be a force to reckon with this season in the American League East.

Brantley last season hit .300 — his third straight season of hitting at least .300 — with five homers and 22 RBIs in 46 games. The four-time All-Star is a career .297 hitter.

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