Michael Brantley is just one of the many names in this year's crowded MLB free agent class, and given his quiet dominance in Cleveland, his name is one that is likely to fly under the radar, like Lorenzo Cain's did last year.
Brantley knows this, and given that knowledge, Brantley is doing something to separate himself from the herd. Brantley's agents are telling teams that the outfielder is willing to play first base for his new team, despite the fact that he hasn't done so since his time in the minors back in 2008.
Michael Brantley’s reps are telling clubs he is willing and able to play 1B for the first time as a major leaguer. No team is looking at Brantley full-time at 1B, but those interested in him are aware of his versatility. Brantley played 53 games at 1B in the minors in 2007-08.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2018
While it's uncertain whether any team will actually take Brantley up on his offer, this has got to help his chances of landing a bigger contract if he has that versatility.
It's also not out of the question that Brantley returns to Cleveland and plays first base, which would open a hole in the outfield for some...improvements.
Well, Indians fans can dream.