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Michael Brantley
  • Astros Bring Back Michael Brantley On Two-Year Deal

    The Houston Astros reached an agreement on Wednesday to re-sign outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year deal worth $32 million, according to a source. It was falsely reported hours earlier that the Blue Jays had agreed to a three-year deal to pair Brantley with George Springer. Brantley is likely to start in left field again in 2021, with Kyle Tucker in right. He'll turn 34 in May and has slashed .309/.370/.497 (126 OPS+) with 27 home runs and 112 RBI in 194 games with Houston the last two years. The left-handed hitter is a .297/.354/.440 (116 OPS+) hitter over 12 seasons with Cleveland and Houston in his career. Brantley hit .300 with 15 doubles, five homers and 22 RBI in 46 games and had an .840 OPS last season. He would have been in a prime spot for increased fantasy value if he had landed in Toronto, but sticking in Houston isn't a bad consolation. The veteran also hit a cool .346 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 13 games in the playoffs and finished with an 11-game hitting streak. Brantley figures to spend most of his time in the outfield with Yordan Alvarez (knees) expected to return to full-time designated hitter duties.

    Jan 20 · RotoBaller Astros Michael Brantley
  • Blue Jays Don't Have Deal With Michael Brantley

    Updating a previous report, the Toronto Blue Jays remain among the teams interested in free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley, but they have not reached an agreement on a contract, according to a source familiar with the situation. It was reported earlier on Wednesday that Toronto and Brantley had agreed on a three-year deal. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter remains a coveted free agent because of his high contact rate, low strikeout ratio and overall polish as a hitter. He played left field and designated hitter in 2020 with the Astros and hit .300 with five home runs, 22 RBI and an .840 OPS. Brantley has hit at least .300 in five seasons since 2014 and has struck out in just 10.1 percent of his plate appearances since 2014. He isn't the biggest power threat, but as long as he's healthy, Brantley should contribute excellent hitting ratios to fantasy lineups.

    Jan 20 · RotoBaller Astros Michael Brantley
  • Michael Brantley Agrees To Join Blue Jays

    Free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley is in agreement on a three-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, according to a source. Financial terms of the contract were not immediately known. This comes after Toronto landed the top free-agent position player in outfielder George Springer for six years and $150 million on Tuesday night. The addition of both outfielders is bad news for Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez, as the Jays now have a surplus of outfielders, including Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez. Brantley doesn't possess a ton of power, but he's one of the better pure hitters in the game and has a career slash line of .297/.354/.440 with a .794 OPS in 1,245 games over 12 seasons. The 33-year-old will see a boost in his fantasy appeal and should hit in the top half of an imposing lineup in a great hitter's park.

    Jan 20 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Michael Brantley