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Indians and Michael Brantley agree to four-year, $25 million extension

Feb 10, 2014, 8:13 PM EST

Michael Brantley AP AP

UPDATE: The deal is done. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Brantley will make $25 million over four years while the contract includes an $11 million option for 2018.

8:13 p.m. ET: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians and outfielder Michael Brantley are close to agreeing on a long-term contract extension. It’s believed to be a four-year deal with an option for a fifth season.

Contract talks have evidently accelerated since Brantley and the Indians exchanged arbitration figures last month. The 26-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so a four-year deal with an option would buy out at least one year of free agency.

Brantley has established himself as a solid regular in the Indians’ lineup over the past two seasons, compiling a .286/.340/.399 batting line. He posted new career-highs in home runs, RBI, and stolen bases last year.

  1. blantoncollier - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    The Dolan’s spent money? Shocking!

  2. clownsfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    @blantoncollier

    Where the hell have you been?

  3. blantoncollier - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Tell me what they have done this off season? Nothing! Went back to the old ways of doing business,

    • wahootribe1987 - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      I can name 22 ball clubs who have done less this offseason. At least. My post is as homerific as yours is hating.

  4. clownsfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    They spent like crazy last year and it got the into the post season. You think they’re gonna do that every year? Sometimes the best moves are the one you don’t make. Tribe is gonna be fine.

  5. janessa31888 - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    People are STILL holding grudges against the Dolans? I prefer hating on the Browns for being a disgrace and an embarrassment to the city. I see hope for the Indians. Now, please pay Justin Masterson.

  6. dawgpoundjedi - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    @janessa31888 – amen! Why they’re screwing around with him is beyond me. If they were willing to give Ubaldo $14 million, why the heck can’t they just give Masterson $11 million?? Makes no sense. We finally have a legit ace on our staff, and they’re playing games. Gotta stop that.

    Looking forward to Tribe baseball this season!!

  7. garyzx7r - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Could have used a power hitter and another starter this off season, but they should be OK, good line up last season

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