Man, for a club with a struggling offense, we sure do crank out a bunch of good hitters.
Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes were each honored with the 2014 Silver Slugger Award today, marking their superior performances at the plate among players at their respective positions. Indians farm system product Victor Martinez also won a Silver Slugger today, for the "position" of DH.
Brantley was the second-best all-around hitter in the AL this season, behind only Mike Trout, who was also honored. Gomes likewise was the clear leader at the plate among AL catchers.
I mean, I could go on and on.
Brantley is under contract with the Indians through the 2018 season. He's guaranteed $20 million for the next three seasons, plus another $10 million if his 2018 club option is picked up.
Gomes is under contract through the 2021 season. He's guaranteed $22 million for the next five seasons, plus a maximum of $19 million more if his 2020 and 2021 club options are both picked up.
The Indians signed both players to long-term contracts earlier this year, during spring training. At the time, both Brantley's ceiling and Gomes' ability to repeat his 2013 breakout performance were very much unknown. As a result, the team now has two high-performing players locked up to relatively cheap deals, over the prime years of their careers.