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.