Indians ink outfielder Michael Bourn to four-year deal
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Indians have acquired another big name in the free-agent market, signing outfielder Michael Bourn to a four-year, $48 million deal.
Bourn’s deal includes a vesting option for a fifth year at $12 million if he reaches 550 plate appearances in 2016, according to FOX Sports.
A two-time All-Star and Golden Glove winner, the 30-year-old Bourn brings a lifetime .272 average and 276 steals in seven years to Cleveland.
In 155 games with the Atlanta Braves last season, he posted a .274/.348/.391 line with nine home runs and 42 steals in 55 attempts.
Aside from the Indians, several teams expressed interest in Bourn, including the New York Mets.
However, they shied away as acquiring Bourn would mean giving up a draft pick after the Braves made a qualifying offer to him.
By signing Bourn, the Indians lose their third pick in the draft, their Competitive Balance Lottery pick at No. 69 overall.
Cleveland already gave up its second-round pick, No. 42 overall, as compensation for signing Nick Swisher, while its first-round pick, No. 5, is protected.