In a surprise move Monday night, the Indians have signed free agent OF Michael Bourn according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, and confirmed by Ken Rosenthal.
Heyman reports that the deal is for four years and $48 million, with a vesting option that could make the deal worth $60 million over 5 years.
The New York Mets were the favorites to land Bourn, and were in on the free agent up until the last few hours.
Suddenly the Indians have a crowded outfield with Brantley, Swisher, Stubbs and Bourn. Three of those four could man centerfield. It will be a speedy outfield.
Bourn is 30 years old and a 2 time gold glove winner. He has made 2 NL All-Star teams and lead the league 3 times in stolen bases. Last year with Atlanta he hit .274 with a .739 OPS.