Blue Jays official refutes report of 3-year deal with Brantley

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2021

A team official refuted a report that the club had reached an agreement with the All-Star outfielder on a three-year contract.

Michael Brantley and George Springer are reuniting in Toronto.

The deal was supposedly complete pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported.

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The deal for Springer certainly overshadowed another notable move by the team earlier in the day when it signed former San Diego Padres closer Yates to a one-year deal worth $5 million, plus incentives. But the 31-year-old's price tag likely was too rich for Chaim Bloom's blood, as Boston's president of baseball operations appears more focused on acquiring prospects and low-priced veterans than handing out megadeals to players north of 30.

Michael Brantley signed with the Astros prior to the 2019 season after playing with Cleveland from 2009-18. Over his time in Houston, Brantley hit.309/.370/.497, with a 840 OPS and a 126 OPS+.

The Blue Jays are likely still a threat to sign a pitcher like Trevor Bauer or even make another trade (they were reportedly still interested in adding an infielder), but these were also two big pieces of the puzzle and leaves them with a pretty staked lineup as is. Last year, Springer hit.265 with a.359 on-base percentage, 32 RBIs and 14 home runs during the shortened Major League Baseball season.

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