11. Extend qualifying offer to Brantley
The Indians have the option of making a qualifying offer to Brantley, Allen and Miller. But after subpar seasons for Miller and Allen, Brantley seems to be the only sure player to receive a qualifying offer.
If Brantley accepts the offer, he will have his salary for 2019. If he declines, the the Tribe will receive draft-pick compensation for losing him via free agency.
Brantley made $12 million last season and after batting .309 last season, he’s set to get a heftier contract once free agency commences.
Some National League teams have already been talked about as potential landing spots for the All-Star.
Perhaps the Indians make an effort to keep the “other” player in the C.C. Sabathia trade, but all it’s going to take is one team to make Brantley an offer he can’t refuse.
The Tribe was willing to talk with Carlos Santana last year, but that plan went out the window when the Phillies thew $60 million over three years Santana’s way.
The qualifying offer is valued at $17.9 million in 2019, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.
The Indians might also want to extend this offer to Miller. If offered I think he’ll decline it. I’m not sure how he’ll fare on the free-agent market after a subpar year, but I bet he’d like to find out his worth in free agency.