MLB Note - Cleveland Indians Brantley, Michael

Nov 4, 2017 - 6:41 AM OF Michael Brantley's past two seasons have been shortened by injuries, but the Cleveland Indians exercised his $11.5 million option for 2018 on Friday. The 30-year-old Brantley hit .299 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 90 games this season. His strong first half netted him an All-Star spot but he went on the disabled list twice and had right ankle surgery on Oct. 18. Brantley played only 11 games in 2016 because of a shoulder injury that required surgery. Brantley's option price rose from $11 million because of his top-five MVP finish in 2014. He was third in the MVP voting that season after hitting .327 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs. He hit .310 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 2015. If the option had been declined, the Indians would have paid Brantley a $1 million buyout.

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