Brantley Closing in on New Deal with Tribe


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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A key cog in the 2013 Cleveland Indians run to the playoffs appears to be staying put for a little while longer as he closes in on a new long-term deal.

Fox 8 confirmed that Michael Brantley is on the verge of signing his name on the dotted line of a four-year $25 million deal.

The versatile Brantley played all three outfield positions a year ago, while batting .284 with 10 homers and 73 RBI. He also was a threat on the bases, stealing 17 bags while being caught only 4 times. Brantley also scored 66 runs in 151 games.

Brantley was acquired in 2008 when the Indians traded, then ace, CC Sabathia, to Milwaukee.

The 26-year-old made $527,000 last season.

The news comes on the heels of the Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Ariz., on Tuesday.

The first full team workout is slated for Feb. 17.

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