Blue Jays Trade Rumors: Michael Brantley Still Target Post-George Springer Deal

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2021

Houston Astros' Michael Brantley (23) celebrates with George Springer (4) after hitting a home run against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The Toronto Blue Jays may not be done shopping.

After Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Toronto agreed to sign outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the American League East team is still attempting to sign free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley.

Rosenthal noted Springer and Brantley are friends who are both represented by Excel Sports Management.

Heyman provided more details:

Brantley played for Cleveland from 2009 through 2018 before suiting up alongside Springer for the Houston Astros in 2019 and 2020.

He is a four-time All-Star who won a Silver Slugger in 2014 on Cleveland when he slashed .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI. He was an offensive force even during the shortened 2020 campaign with a .300/.364/.476 slash line to go with five home runs and 22 RBI.

While Brantley turns 34 years old in May, he has shown no signs of slowing down with a batting average in the .300s in each of the last three seasons.

He could also be a veteran leader with 38 playoff games on his resume for a Blue Jays team looking to turn the corner as a contender.

The Blue Jays made the postseason last year for the first time since 2016 but lost in the wild-card round. They are also in a daunting division alongside the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays and will be hard-pressed to keep up without plenty of offensive firepower.

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They will have that in spades with Springer joining Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, among others, and Brantley would provide another impressive bat to the group.