The Indians have signed outfielder Brandon Guyer to a 2-year, $5 million contract extension that includes a club option for 2019, according to a club announcement. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the option is valued at $3 million (or a $250k buyout), meaning the deal can max out at $7.75 million over three years.
Guyer was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, so the extension buys out his two remaining arbitration seasons and gives Cleveland a year of additional control with the club option.
Guyer, who turns 31 next week, hit .333/.438/.469 with two homers in 38 games with Cleveland after being acquired from the Rays in a trade deadline deal. He will provide outfield depth for Cleveland for the foreseeable future behind Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley and Tyler Naquin.
Guyer is a veteran of five major-league seasons with the Rays (2011-16) and Indians (2016), owning a lifetime .262/.349/.402 line with 23 homers and 19 steals in 344 career games.