Indians, OF Michael Brantley agree


Outfielder Michael Brantley has agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with an $11 million club option for a fifth year with the Cleveland Indians, a baseball source confirmed to's Jerry Crasnick.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer earlier reported the deal Monday night.

Brantley, 26, hit .284 with 10 home runs and 73 RBIs last season, his fifth with the Indians.

Brantley played a key role in the Indians' turnaround last season. Cleveland finished 92-70 after going 68-94 in 2012. The Indians lost the American League wild-card game to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brantley set career highs in games played (151), at-bats (556), home runs, RBIs and stolen bases (17).

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