Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a long-term contract with outfielder Michael Brantley.
Brantley, who was Cleveland's most consistent player last season, will sign a four-year, $25 million deal once he passes a physical, says the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized.
The Indians are reporting to spring training in Arizona this week.
The deal was first reported by Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Brantley moved from center field to left last spring when the Indians signed Michael Bourn. Brantley batted .284 with 10 homers and 73 RBIs in 151 games last season. Manager Terry Francona used Brantley throughout his lineup and he excelled in the field, not making an error and recording 11 assists.
The Indians were scheduled to go to an arbitration hearing with Brantley on Feb. 17.