Well that was a heck of a day. And I hear we have a new president? I was too busy heaping burning coals upon mine and my family's heads.
We got followed up by the news of Springer's departure with a rumor from reporter Hazel Mae at 10:51am that Michael Brantley was in agreement with Toronto for a 3yr deal of unknown amount. This is approximately where I started to slander James Click and the entire Astros organization. However, at 12:14pm Jeff Passan said that the Blue Jays were in on Brantley but a deal wasn't finalized, one minute after MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported the same thing.
But at 3:02pm Mark Berman reported the Astros had agreed to a 2yr/$32m deal with Brantley, precisely the contract he signed before the 2019 season. McTaggart notes that the deal isn't finalized just yet.
*Jake Kaplan: The corner outfield spots are set.
*Chandler Rome: The person who could stand to benefit the most from the re-signing is Kyle Tucker.
*McTaggart: Relive Springer's five best moments as an Astro, if this is something you want to put yourself through.
*FanGraphs' Dan Szymborski does the hard math on what the Blue Jays can expect over the next six years.
*This MLB.com reporter says that the Angels and Trevor Bauer seem like a likely fit.
*Tom Verducci: Remembering 1970's Exhibition to Honor MLK.
*Looking for a book? Wired has ten books you should read this winter.
*I like reading about boxing more than I like watching boxing/MMA. How ten weeks in Portugal changed Conor MacGregor.
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