Is This Michael Brantley’s Final Year as a Cleveland Indian?
it’s not a question i wanted to pose and i hate being a Debbie Downer, but i haven’t been able to get this off my mind for some time now. i do NOT want to see this happen under any circumstances but, unfortunately, there are many reasons that support this as being a real possibility. so i figured i should just write a blog and list out exactly why 2017 could be Michael Brantley’s final year as a Cleveland Indian.😟
prior to every new baseball season, i get very excited. this year, i still feel that excitement, except i also have other not so happy emotions as well. they include uncertainty, apprehension, and sadness. i should be nothing but eager and focused on seeing this Tribe team dominate in the AL Central Division and get back to the playoffs to fight for a championship. yet, i do have some worrisome thoughts and even though i try to push them out of my mind, i can’t. the uneasiness comes from knowing that 2017 is Michael’s last guaranteed season with the Tribe. the very idea that Michael may be getting ready to play his final year as a Cleveland Indian is scary. yes, there is a much higher probability that this notion will have more validity a year from now. but unless you’re a new Indians fan, then you’re familiar with how this front office is capable of surprising us fans in the harshest ways. you never know what they’re going to do, especially when big money is involved.
so let me just say it: there is a chance that the Indians may choose not to pick up Michael’s 5th year club option for 2018, or that he could simply be traded at this year’s trade deadline.