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Free Agent Stock Watch: Michael Brantley

Posted On: Jun 13, 2018   |   Posted By: MLB Trade Rumors

Free Agent Stock Watch: Michael Brantley

When the 2017 campaign came to a close, it was an open question whether the Indians should and would exercise a $12MM club option over outfielder Michael Brantley. The alternative - which MLBTR poll respondents narrowly preferred - was to send him onto free agency with a $1MM buyout.
As it turned out, of course, Cleveland elected to roll the dice on Brantley, betting that he'd have his first healthy season since 2015 - when he was a high-end offensive performer. Significant shoulder and ankle problems conspired to limit Brantley to just 101 total games over the ensuing two seasons. Though he hit well in 2017, turning in a .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs in 375 plate appearances, that wasn't near the top-level output he had turned in previously. All said, it was open to question just what Brantley would contribute in 2018
For the budget-conscious contenders, it wasn't an easy call, particularly with a variety of potential buy-low targets available in free agency and other needs clamoring for attention....

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