Source says busy Toronto Blue Jays added Michael Brantley after George Springer’s deal

The Toronto Blue Jays added their second-player to the Houston Astros in a matter of days, and agreed to a three-year contract with a designated defensive / hitter Michael Brantley A source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

Jays has reached an agreement on a six-year, $ 150 million contract with the former Astros Center player George Springer Tuesday evening, sources confirmed to Jeff Bassan of ESPN.

The news of the Brantley deal was first reported by sports broadcaster Hazel Mae.

Brantley, 33, has struggled with injuries for most of his career – last season it was his foursome that made him spend some time on the injured list. While these injuries decreased his strength numbers, he was still a serious hitter with a high contact rate and low strike rate.

In 46 matches for Astros in 2020, alternating left field and DH, he hit Brantley. 300, with five Homer and 22 RBIs and OPS of. 840.

He hit at least 0.300 in five seasons since 2014, and tied with four others for most seasons in baseball in that time period. He has also made only 10.1% of his board appearances since 2014, and is the third-best player in baseball in that time period, with at least 2,000 boards appearing.

In a 12-year career with the Cleveland Indians and Astros, Brantley had a median of .297, with 114 Homer, 640 RBI and .794 OPS. He has been a four-time All-Star superstar, and in 2014 he finished third in the MVP vote.

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

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