On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the Cleveland Indians announced the club has signed outfielder Michael Brantley to a four-year contract with a club option for the 2018 season.
The 26-year-old Brantley has spent his entire five-year Major League career with the Indians since being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the famed C.C. Sabathia trade that landed the club once top-prospect Matt LaPorta.
Brantley owns a career Major League batting average of .277 with 100 doubles, 14 triples, 26 home runs, and 212 RBIs in 514 games.
“Michael exemplifies the qualities we look for when bringing people - not just athletes - into our organization,” said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and 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 is the type of player that can fill in at any position in the outfield and is a proven leader in the clubhouse at a young age. By locking him in to a four-year deal with the potential for a fifth, Brantley was shown he is considered part of the core of the team.
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