Brantley and Springer are not only friends, but also share an agent. The two sluggers are represented by Excel Sports Management. Springer has been selling the Blue Jays on the idea of a tandem deal, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Brantley's presence would create a logjam in an already crowded Blue Jays outfield that now includes Springer, Teoscar Hernandez, Randal Grichuk, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., among others. He'd also have to play a corner outfield spot. However, Brantley could fit by slotting in at DH, adding a new dimension to a potentially deep and dangerous lineup.
Potential 2021 Blue Jays lineup
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||3B||R||.791|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||LF||R||.882|
Despite some injury troubles during his career, Brantley has been one of the most consistent contact hitters in baseball. The 33-year-old slashed .309/.370/.497 with 27 homers, 112 RBIs, and 68 walks over his two seasons with the Astros. A four-time All-Star, Brantley's best season came in 2014 with the Cleveland Indians, when he finished third in AL MVP voting.