Indians and Brantley nearing a multi-year contract extension
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday the Cleveland Indians and outfielder Michael Brantley are nearing a multiyear contract extension. The deal could be for four years with an option for a fifth year.
Brantley played in 151 games for the Indians in 2013 batting .284 with 10 home runs and 73 runs batted in. Brantley became an everyday player for the Indians in 2012.
The Indians acquired Brantley from the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 as part of the CC Sabathia trade. He spent the first few years of his career playing center field, until the Indians signed Michael Bourn, which pushed Brantley into left field.
Brantley would not have been eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season. His deal could be in line with the four year $20.5 million deal the Seattle Mariners gave to Franklin Gutierrez in 2010.