Indians, Michael Brantley agree to long-term extension

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Michael Brantley is close to a long-term deal with the Indians.
Michael Brantley has agreed to a long-term deal with the Indians. (USATSI)

MORE: FA tracker: position players | FA tracker: pitchers

UPDATE: The two sides have agreed to an extension, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It's a four-year deal worth $25 million with an $11 million option for a fifth year.

* * *

The Indians and outfielder Michael Brantley are close to a multiyear contract extension, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The deal could be for four years with an option for a fifth year.

Brantley, 26, hit .284/.332/.396 (107 OPS+) while setting career-highs in home runs (10), stolen bases (17) and games played (151) last season. He has put up a 110 OPS+ since become an everyday player in 2012.

The Indians originally acquired Brantley from the Brewers as part of the CC Sabathia trade way back in 2008. He spent the first few years of his career in center field, but the Michael Bourn signing pushed him to left last year.

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 Mariners gave Franklin Gutierrez a few years ago.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

December 19, 2014
Justin Upton traded to Padres (2:18)
December 17, 2014
Boomer & Carton: Chase Headley will start at 3B
(4:14)
December 11, 2014
Jim Rome: Dodgers' overhaul
(2:13)
December 10, 2014
John Smoltz on the Doug Gottlieb Show
(7:06)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

College Bowl Bound

Free 2-Day Shipping over $100!
Use code 2DAY100
Get their favorite team
Shop Now