Indians Reportedly Agree to Terms With Michael Bourn
By Jim Piascik
February 11, 2013
According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with outfielder Michael Bourn. The contract includes a vesting option for a fifth year and will cost the team their second round pick they were awarded in the competitive balance lottery.
Bourn, 30, was widely considered the best position player left on the market and was MLB Trade Rumors' third-best free agent going into the offseason. He spent last season with the Atlanta Braves, posting a .274/.348/.391 line with nine home runs, 96 runs, and 42 steals in 155 games. He was also 13th in Fangraphs WAR last season, buoyed largely by his elite defense.
The outfielder will likely take over center field for Cleveland, with Michael Brantley in left field, and Drew Stubbs and Nick Swisher splitting time in right field. The move should also allow Swisher to play first base some of the time, with Mark Reynolds filling the DH hole at least part of the time. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, there could also be trade down the line, with Stubbs being dangled.
For Cleveland fans, the move represents the front office and the much-maligned Dolans spending above and beyond the budget to bring in elite talent. Time will tell if it translates to wins, but for now, the Francona-led change in approach should energize the fanbase.
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Thats a link to the report saying mlb would view sign and trades as collusion.
If the indians trade stubbs to the meta then techinally thats not a sign and trade its a counter movw to signing bourn. I was just stating that bourn will be an indian for the season. Mlb will watch moves with the compensation players very closely and have already mentioned pentalies would happen for such moves ala signing a trading a compensation player. I do love the lineup also its full of mismatches and very balanced. If dice-k can be healthy ,or bauer or carrasco be ready out of spring training they could do some damage. It will be fun to watch.
And if any of those guys get on base, the fastballs are coming to the plate. Bourn on 2nd, Kipnis on 1st, and AsCab at the plate with the threat of a double steal very real = potential for major pitching mistake.
Cf m. Bourn
Ss a. Cabrera
1B n. Swisher
C c. Santana
2b j kipnis
Dh m. Reynolds
Lf m. Brantley
3b l. Chisenhall
Rf d. Stubbs
Thats a solid opening day lineup. I hope dice-k is healthy cause a rotation of
Thats not to bad with the improvement in outfield defense, a solid bullpen, and a strong lineup. Also this lets trevor bauer and carlos carrasco get themself fulling ready to pitch later this season or next year and dont forget by this time next season "texas" josh tomlin will be about 18 months removed from tommy john andback in the rotation. Things look bright for a franchise that looked so dark 4 months ago.
Like the guys said on Smoke Signals tonight, Francona was our biggest signing. He is loved by a lot of MLB players and carries a lot of weight.
Now. Lets take a look at that lineup!
Bourn CF (gets on base and steals bases, perfect)
Brantley ( He didn't do well leading off anyway, again perfect 2 hole hitter)
Kipnis (puts 3 steal threats in a row and lets us make better use of his power)
Asdrubal ( Your really going to have him hit clean up? Why Not? He is perhaps the most complete hitter on the team, plus it keeps the speed train moving)
Nick Swisher (I like him better in the 5th slot anyway)
Carlos Santana (pressure will be off some, big year)
Mark Reynolds ( Its time to bring in some power to get the all the base stealers home)
Lonnie Chisenhall ( You know he could be a great hitter for this far down in the lineup)
Drew Stubbs RF ( I have a gut feeling he has a big year, brings power and speed to the bottom of the lineup what more do you want)
I love this lineup.
I love having Stubbs, Bourn, Brantley, Kipnis, Asdrubal all in a row. Thats tons of speed to generate runs. Then you get 3 tough switch hitters, a power bat in Mark Reynolds and a possible 270 with 17-20 homers guy in Lonnie Chisenhall to protect him.
Awesome lineup, awesome defense, awesome bullpen, awesome bench, awesome manager. If we can just find 5 starting pitchers who can keep us in ball gamers were set to compete.
This is a test.
Do Indians fans show up or not.
The team did its part.
Maybe the Indians win 90...or 80...or 70.
But the team did its best to put a good team on the field.
I guarantee fans are excited more than they have been for many years.
I used to feel lonely on this site.
Let's be realistic/honest with ourselves here, though. This team is still not a contender. The rotation, as currently constituted, is one of the absolute worst in all of MLB. If we contend this season, it will be because Ubaldo somehow makes a comeback, Myers is solid, Bauer is truly an ace, and Carrasco comes back from TJ with no problems. Otherwise, we still can't keep up with the Tigers.
I'm not trying to be a Negative Nancy here. As I said, I'm thrilled to see the effort. And who knows? Maybe the FO will find a way to get another quality SP between now and opening day, or at the trade deadline if we're able to stay in the wildcard. I will remain optimistic, and I will get my ass in a seat at Progressive Field to support this new aggressive style from the FO as often as possible.
Looking forward to covering the Tribe for the IBI this season!
I am absolutely stunned my god of the best free agents out their in november we got 3 of them bourn, swisher and reynolds!!! Holy moly this is unreal i feel like a tigers fan last year with the signing of fielder but that was predicated on losing v-Mart services for the entire 2012 season. I am beginning to believe that the tigers may not be a lock to win the AL Central. Bourn stubbs kipnis all can steal 30+ bases a year this is disruptive to any pitching staff. This allow us to force teams to be ultra careful while we have baserunners it totally changes the game. Defensively it gives us the best defensive outfield in baseball along with the braves and maybe better due to the arms of swisher and stubbs. I am curious to hear what the talking heads at espn and mlb-tv to scratch their heads and chris rose has to be dancing in the aisles at mlb-tv hq. The tigers may still be the favorite to win the division but the tribe will get some votes from the likes of gammons and justice for sure. BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO Frontoffice you totally blew indian fans away. The intangibles of this signing are incalculable and tangibles speak for themselves. OH MY GOD IS ALL I CAN SAY !!!!!!!
Brantley, Bourn, Stubbs in the OF. Swisher to 1B. Reynolds to DH. Speed on the basepaths and maybe the fastest outfield in MLB.
No problem...we are all Tribe fans here, his age (he's still pretty young) is part of the reason I've cried for the Indians to make an aggressive run at him, for the right price. His price fell right where Edwin Jackson's range. Big time move by the FO.
Thanks for the catch. I didn't think that looked right when I wrote it. Fun fact: the most recent December didn't take place in 2013, like I was thought for some reason.
In all, I love it. Aggressive move, should put the Indians in the heat of things.
Makes me wish I lived back home...
Great job by the FO getting this done.
QUICK NOTES: The fifth year may be a club option, not a vesting one. Dissenting reports out there. Same for which pick Cleveland will lose. I'm now seeing that they may actually hold onto the compensation pick and lose their third round pick. It's pretty fluid right now.