(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) — Outfielder Michael Brantley officially signed a four-year, $25 million contract extension with the Cleveland Indians Thursday.
The contract also comes with a fifth-year team option worth $11 million ($1 million buyout).
The 26-year-old Brantley’s base salaries for the next four years are $1.5 million in 2014, $5 million in 2015, $6.5 million in 2016 and $7.5 million in 2017.
Brantley arguably had his best season as a big leaguer in 2013. He set career highs in home runs (10), RBIs (73), runs (66), games played (151) — all while hitting .284.
“Michael exemplifies the qualities we look for when bringing people — not just athletes — into our organization,” Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. “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.”
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