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Cleveland Indians Ink Michael Brantley to Long-Term Deal

February 10th, 2014 at 10:49 PM
By Cody Dalga

'Michael Brantley' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: Cleveland Indians and outfielder Michael Brantley agreed to a four-year extension worth $25 million Monday. The deal also comes with a fifth year option that would be worth an additional $11 million.

The 26-year old, who was acquired via a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers which included CC Sabathia, moved to left field following the Indians acquiring Michael Bourne. He played in a career-high 151 games last year batting .284 to go along with highs in home runs (10) and stolen bases (17).

Brantley showed his versatility in the batting order after finding himself at eight of the nine spots at least once last year. Not only that, Brantley has been great in the field as well. He hasn't committed and error since June of 2012. He was also tied for fourth in outfield assists with 11. 

The Indians, who were hoping to sign Brantley to an extension this offseason now focus their attention towards All-Star second basemen Jason Kipnis


Tags: Baseball, CC Sabathia, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, MLB

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