The Indians will not extend qualifying offer to Michael Brantley

Cody Allen and Andrew Miller also not offered contracts

Tim Grattan
November 02, 2018 - 2:00 pm

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Michael Brantley, Cody Allen and Andrew Miller will not receive a qualifying offer from the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians did not tender a $17.9 million qualifying offer to Brantley by today’s 5 p.m. deadline – making the all-star outfielder a free agent.

Cleveland will also not give a qualified offer to both Allen and Miller.

On Monday, the Indians exercised a team option to pitcher Carlos Carrasco (one-year, $9.75 million) and re-signed outfielder Leonys Martin on Wednesday to a one-year $3 million contract.

Brantley was a three-time All-Star during his 10-year career with the Indians. The left fielder batted .295 with his time in Cleveland, with 87 home runs and 528 RBIs. Brantley’s best season in a Tribe uniform was in 2014 when he finished third in the American League MVP voting. That season, Brantley had a .327 batting average, 20 homers and 97 RBIs.

Allen pitched seven seasons for Cleveland, mostly as the teams’ closer. Allen is 24-29 on the mound in his career, 2.98 ERA and a club-record 149 saves. This past season, Allen was demoted from the closer role for the Indians once the team acquired left-hander Brad Hand from San Diego. This season Allen pitched in 70 games with 27 saves and gave up a career-high 11 home runs.

Miller came over from the New York Yankees in a trade back in 2016 and was a crucial piece in Cleveland’s bullpen that led them to the American League pennant that season. During the ’16 postseason, he only gave up three earned runs (all in the World Series), 30 strikeouts and named Most Outstanding Player in the 2016 ALCS. Miller battled with injuries throughout both the 2017 and ’18 season.