Outfielder Michael Brantley has spent his entire Major League Baseball career in Cleveland. But it looks like Brantley will be moving on from the Indians this offseason. As of right now, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports that he has three offers on the table. They’re from the Braves, Phillies and White Sox.
Remember, Brantley was just the player to be named later in the C.C. Sabathia trade with the Milwaukee Brewers back in July of 2008. But he would be the only player to go on and produce for Cleveland. Over the next 10 seasons, he hit .295/.351/.430 with 248 doubles, 87 home runs and 118 stolen bases. Ultimately, he would earn three All-Star appearances. And in 2014, put up a .327/.385/.506 triple-slash with 45 doubles and 20 dingers en route to a third-place MVP finish.
Despite injury issues in recent years, Brantley can still hit the ball very well. Last season, he put up a .309/.364/.468 triple-slash with 36 doubles and 17 home runs across 143 games. At 31 years old and coming off a season like that, he probably has one more multi-year deal in his career. And he deserves it.
It’ll be interesting to see what the market holds, though. After last offseason, we cannot assume teams will just jump all over free agents.