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Indians Upcoming Free Agents, Brantley $12 Million Option Decision Made Tomorrow

With the MLB season officially ending following the Houston Astros World Series victory on Wednesday, the following Indians players officially have become Free Agents according to Jordan Bastian of

  • Craig Breslow
  • Jay Bruce
  • Austin Jackson
  • Carlos Santana
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Joe Smith

By this Saturday the Indians have to decide on the following players’ options for the 2018 season:

  • Michael Brantley
  • Josh Tomlin
  • Boone Logan

For the players that are now Free Agents, the organization can give Qualifying Offers on Monday.

*All stats are from the regular season and DO NOT include the 2017 postseason stats*

Craig Breslow went 1-1, had a 5.09 ERA, made 37 appearances, logged 35.1 innings pitched, and struck out 23 batters

Jay Bruce played in 146 games, had a .254 batting average, had 29 doubles, homered 36 times, and drove in 101 RBIs

Austin Jackson played in 85 games, batted .318, had 19 doubles, 7 homers, drove in 35 RBIs, Jackson only had 3 stolen bases

Carlos Santana played 154 games, had a batting average of .259, had 37 doubles, 23 home runs, and 79 RBIs

Bryan Shaw made 79 appearances, went 4-6, had a 3.52 ERA, pitched 76.2 innings, only gave up 5 homers, and struck out 73 batters

Joe Smith made 51 appearances, went 3-0, had a 3.33 ERA, pitched 54 innings, struck out 71 batters, and had 1 save

As for the players with team options, the following are their stats

Michael Brantley played in 90 games, had a .299 batting average, had 20 doubles, homered 9 times, drove in 52 RBIs, and was an All Star

Josh Tomlin started 26 games, had a 10-9 record, had an ERA of 4.98, pitched 141 innings, struck out 109 batters, and had 1 complete game

Boone Logan made 38 appearances, had a 1-0 record, had an ERA of 4.71, pitched 21 innings, struck out 28 batters

Michael Brantley’s option will be $12 million if the Indians choose to pick up the option.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on

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