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It seems that anyone who has the first name Michael is getting contracts done in major sports. The Cleveland Indians shocked the baseball world Monday night by signing outfielder Michael Bourn to a four year, $48 million contract.
According to MLB.com, the deal also includes a fifth year vesting option worth $12 million - that is if Bourn gets 550 plate appearances in 2016.
MLB.com is also reporting that the New York Mets were making a play for Bourn. Since the Atlanta Braves, Bourn's former team, made a qualifying offer at the start of free agency, the Indians will have to give up a draft pick. The Mets would have made Bourn an offer if they did not have to give up a draft pick.
According to Fox Sports, Bourn will cost the Indians their 69th overall draft pick. Earlier in free agency, the Indians signed former Yankee, Nick Swisher, to a four year, $56 million contract. They had to forfeit their second overall pick. The Indians do hold the No. 5 pick overall, but don’t have to lose it since the teams with the top 10 picks don’t have to give it up.
Bourn batted .274 last year for Atlanta and bashed nine home runs and stole 42 bases in 55 attempts. He is projected to be Cleveland’s leadoff hitter.
The Indians have been busy this off-season. Pitchers Brett Myers and Daisuke Matsuzaka have both signed contracts through free agency along with first baseman Mark Reynolds and designated hitter Jason Giambi. They acquired outfielder Drew Stubbs and pitcher Trevor Bauer in trades.
The deal is pending a physical.