Indians, Brantley complete contract extension

 

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Goodyear, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Indians have signed outfielder Michael Brantley to a four-year contract with a club option for the 2018 campaign.

The deal is worth $25 million in guaranteed salary and the option for 2018 is valued at $11 million, according to MLB.com.

The 26-year-old Brantley hit .284 with 10 homers and 73 RBI in 151 games last season. Brantley also contributed 11 outfield assists and did not commit an error, extending his franchise-record outfield errorless streak to 245 games.

"Michael exemplifies the qualities we look for when bringing people - not just athletes - into our organization," said Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti. "He has a clear vision of the type of player he wants to become and consistently exhibits the tireless work ethic, focus and discipline necessary to achieve his goals and those of our team. In a relatively short period of time, Michael has grown into a selfless leader who sets an example for our younger players."

Brantley has spent his entire five-year career in the majors with the Indians since being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers following the 2008 season. In 514 games, he has hit .277 with 100 doubles, 14 triples, 26 home runs and 212 RBI.

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