On To The Next One: Free Agent OF Michael Brantley
According to a tweet from Jon Heyman,
former Cleveland Indians’ outfielder and current free agent Michael Brantley
has left The Legacy Agency and signed with Excel Sports Management.
Brantley enters free agency after the Indians neglected to
make a qualifying offer. The 10-year vet and three-time All-Star has spent his
entire Major League career with the Tribe and regained his form in 2018 after
an injury-riddled couple of seasons. A career .295/.351/.350 hitter, Brantley finished
this past season with a .309/.364/.468 slash with 17 home runs, 12 steals and 76
RBI. In his 10-year career, he has never struck out more than 76 times in a season.
While his on-field performance has been fairly consistent throughout
his career, the question marks surrounding his next contract are about his
ability to stay on the field. In the Indians’ 2016 run to the World Series,
Brantley only appeared in 11 games. The following season, in which the Tribe
won an AL-record 22 games, Brantley appeared in 90 games including being forced
into action in the playoffs due to Edwin Encarnacion’s injury.
A fan-favorite in Cleveland, “Dr. Smooth” has been named the
10th-best free agent on the market, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
Many analysts predict a three-year, $45 million contract for the 31-year old