Michael Brantley is staying in Houston after all.
Only a few hours after appearing to be headed to the Toronto Blue Jays, the four-time All-Star outfielder agreed to re-sign with the Astros on a two-year, $32-million contract, sources told Mark Berman of KRIV Houston.
Completion of the deal is pending a physical, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Earlier reports on Wednesday suggested that Brantley had agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Blue Jays, less than 12 hours after they reportedly added his soon-to-be-former teammate George Springer. The Blue Jays reportedly were targeting Brantley - who shares an agent with Springer and is a close friend - as a tandem signing.
However, a Blue Jays source quickly refuted rumors of an agreement being in place, saying Toronto was in the mix, but no deal had been reached and Brantley was still talking to other teams.
In the end, the Blue Jays weren't close to landing Brantley, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.
Brantley originally joined the Astros as a free agent in 2019. He's slashed .309/.370/.497 with 27 homers and 112 RBIs over two seasons with the club while helping Houston to consecutive postseason berths, and an AL pennant in 2019.
Despite a few injury issues in the middle of his career, the 33-year-old has been one of the AL's most consistent contact hitters over his 12 major league campaigns. A two-time Silver Slugger winner, Brantley's best season came with the Cleveland Indians in 2014 when he finished third in AL MVP voting.