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Michael Brantley is retiring, per report

Jon Morosi reports that outfielder Michael Brantley is retiring

Championship Series - Houston Astros v Texas Rangers - Game Four Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Michael Brantley is hanging up his cleats, according to Jon Morosi on Twitter.

The 36 year old Brantley was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, and was sent to the Cleveland Guardians at the end of the 2008 season as the player to be named later in the trade that sent C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee. Brantley played ten seasons for the Guardians, peaking in 2014 with a 7.0 bWAR season where he finished third in the American League MVP voting.

Brantley struggled to stay healthy after that, missing most of 2016 and a good chunk of 2017. He signed with the Houston Astros after the 2018 season, and spent his final five seasons with them, though he played just 15 regular season games in 2023 and just 64 in 2022. If this is it for Brantley, his final at bat was a ninth inning pop out against Jose Leclerc in Game 7 of the ALCS.

Brantley ends his career with a .298/.355/.439 slash line and 34.3 bWAR.