Source: Jays add Brantley after Springer deal

The Toronto Blue Jays had added their second former Houston Astros slugger in as many days, agreeing to a three-year contract with outfielder/designated hitter Michael Brantley, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The Jays reached agreement on a six-year, $150 million contract with former Astros center fielder George Springer on Monday night, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The news of Brantley’s agreement was first reported by sportscaster Hazel Mae.

Brantley has been troubled with injuries for much of his career — this year it was a quad that caused him to spend time on the injured list. While those injuries have brought his power numbers down, he remains a dangerous hitter with a high contact rate and low strikeout ratio.

In 46 games with the Houston Astros in 2020, alternating between left field and DH, Brantley hit. 300, with five homers, 22 RBIs and an OPS of .840.

In a 12-year career with the Cleveland Indians and Astros, Brantley has a .297 average, with 114 homers, 640 RBIs and a .794 OPS. He’s been an All-Star four times, and in 2014 finished third in the MVP voting.

Brantley was playing on a two-year, $32 million contract he signed in before the 2019 season.

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