May 28, 2016


Reports: Indians sign Michael Brantley to long-term deal



Indians outfielder Michael Brantley won’t be going to arbitration after all.

Though there was no official word from the team, multiple reports broke Monday night that Brantley had signed a long-term contract with Cleveland that covers four years with an option for a fifth. He is guaranteed $25 million, with an $11 million option for 2018.

Brantley, 26, batted .284 with 10 home runs and 73 RBIs in 151 games last season — his second full year in the majors.

The Indians’ starting left fielder the past two seasons, Brantley, was one of three Cleveland players with pending arbitration hearings, joining No. 1 starter Justin Masterson and right-hander Josh Tomlin.

Brantley asked for $3.8 million in 2014 at arbitration, with the Indians offering $2.7 million. He made $526,900 in 2013.

Cleveland participated in an arbitration hearing Friday for the first time since 1991, winning its case against reliever Vinnie Pestano.

Pestano, who endured an injury-plagued and ineffective 2013 season, asked for $1.45 million, but will be paid $975,000.

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