In the waning minutes of the Trump administration, it was reported that the Blue Jays had inked Michael Brantley to a three-year contract.
Michael Brantley in agreement on a 3 year deal with #BlueJays per source.— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) January 20, 2021
Source confirms: Free-agent Michael Brantley in agreement with Blue Jays on a three-year contract, pending physical. First: @thehazelmae.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 20, 2021
Apparently those rumours were not true; especially if we are to believe some newer, more up-to-date rumours! Just after Joe Biden entered the White House, Mark Brantley tweeted that Brantley had signed with the Astros on a two-year, $32-million deal. Buster Onley later reported that the Jays “did not come close” to signing him.
MLB source: #Astros reach an agreement with Michael Brantley on a two-year deal worth $32 million.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 20, 2021
The Jays have been incredibly aggressive, and have more to do. They did not come close to signing Michael Brantley.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 20, 2021
I guess we should not celebrate too much about the recent signings until it is officially announced by the club. As of the time of writing, the Tyler Chatwood, Kirby Yates, and George Springer deals have yet to appear on the official transactions list. I hope none of you ran out to get Brantley tattoos during your lunch break.
Bluebird Banter commenter J Blauv offered this fantastic comment about the situation:
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