After losing George Springer to the Blue Jays, Astros re-sign Michael Brantley

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Toronto Blue Jays did not sign free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley after all. The Blue Jays were interested in him.

Plus, there was a report that said that the Blue Jays had agreed to a deal with Brantley on Wednesday. That rumor began when Toronto-based broadcaster Hazel Mae claimed that the team signed him to a three-year deal.

Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley celebrates with teammate José Altuve against the Oakland Athletics in the 2020 American League Division Series
Michael Brantley celebrates with teammate José Altuve against the Oakland Athletics in the 2020 American League Division Series (Photo by the Houston Astros/Instagram)

She recanted her report. A short time later, Brantley re-signed with the Houston Astros.

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He has signed a two-year deal with the Astros. The deal is worth $32 million.

Brantley strikes a deal with the Astros less than 24 hours after the team lost one of their stars. George Springer signed a six-year deal with the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

During his time in Houston, he has been primarily the left fielder and designated hitter.

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The 33-year-old Bellevue, Washington-born athlete spent the last two seasons with the Astros. Before signing with the team before the 2019 season, he spent a decade with the Cleveland Indians.

This past season, Brantley had a .300 batting average with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 46 games. He also had 51 hits in 170 at-bats.

Brantley also had 15 hits, while scoring 24 runs in the MLB-shortened 60-game coronavirus schedule. He had 28 strikeouts and 17 walks.

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In his career, he has appeared in 1,245 games. He has had a .297 batting average with 114 home runs and 640 RBIs in 4,800 at-bats.

He also has had 303 doubles and 21 triples in 1,425 hits. He has also scored 655 runs in his career.

Brantley has struck out 573 times and walked 419 times.

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