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July 7, 2014

The Buyer's Guide

Michael Brantley

by J.P. Breen


With the summer trading season in full swing, the letters “PTBNL” are about to become quite familiar. However, while many trade deadline deals include that mysterious Player To Be Named Later, recent history has taught baseball fans to disregard any such player, as they usually turn out to be inconsequential.

A few gems can sneak through the cracks, though. Michael Brantley is perhaps the best recent example of a PTBNL success story. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Brantley to the Cleveland Indians as the final piece in the CC Sabathia trade that single-handedly propelled the Brew Crew to a postseason berth, ending a 26-year playoff drought. The deal was headlined by slugging prospect Matt LaPorta, but he flamed out as a Quad-A type player, while Brantley has gone on to do damage for Cleveland at the big-league level.

Brantley has also become a burgeoning fantasy stud. His .320 TAv ranks 22nd in all of baseball, right between Carlos Gomez and Adrian Beltre. He has 13 home runs and 10 stolen bases, solidifying his status as a multi-category contributor. In fact, he’s currently the 12th-ranked fantasy player in ESPN leagues—and to think, on average, fantasy owners selected him at no. 224 on draft day. Not a bad return on that investment.

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