Michael Bourn agrees to four-year, $48M deal with Indians
Free agent center fielder Michael Bourn has agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cleveland Indians, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman also reports there's a vesting option for a fifth year worth $12 million if Bourn reaches 550 plate appearances in 2016.
The Indians pick fifth in the 2013 MLB draft, so their first-rounder is protected and they'll only lose a second-round pick for signing Bourn. If a team outside the top 10 in the draft signed Bourn, it would have lost its first-round selection. So this is a relative coup for the Indians.