As it turns out, Michael Brantley will be returning to the Houston Astros, rather than joining his former teammate George Springer on the Toronto Blue Jays.
Just hours after various credible reporters had to walk back reports that Brantley had agreed to a three-year pact to join the Blue Jays, Mark Berman of FOX 26 reports that the Astros have re-signed Brantley for two years and $32 million. ESPN's Buster Olney, not someone who originally reported on the idea of a deal with the Blue Jays, has confirmed the report, and added that the Blue Jays "did not come close" to a deal with Brantley.
After a decade in Cleveland, Brantley has slashed .309/.370/.497 with 27 home runs and 112 RBIs over 194 games in two seasons with the Astros. A four-time All-Star, Brantley will return to a team that's reached the ALCS in four consecutive seasons.