In what was his first full season as the everyday left fielder for the Indians, the 26-year-old Brantley provided incredible stability by playing in 151 games, hitting a team-high .284 (.728 OPS). His across-the-board production, aided by a substantial increase in stolen base success rate, saw him finish ranked 34th among all outfielders in 2013 (per Fangraphs), ahead of notables like Detroit’s Austin Jackson, Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings and Los Angeles’ Josh Hamilton.
The financials of the deal are not yet known, but Brantley was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so it sounds like the Indians may have bought out at least one free agent year, similar to the deals given to Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana over the past few seasons.
Naturally, we will have more on this as details emerge.
Update at 9:10 p.m. Monday: Hoynes has reported the official terms of the contract.
Brantley's deal is done. Four years for $25 million with an $11 million club option. AAV of deal is $6.25 million a year. #Indians.