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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Feb11: #Cleveland To Sign Michael Bourn , second four-year deal that the Indians have given out

#Cleveland To Sign Michael Bourn , second four-year deal that the Indians have given out
Feb 12th 2013, 16:28

MLB Trade Rumors ‏@mlbtraderumors Indians To Sign Michael Bourn http://bit.ly/XsVkSm  #mlb  Retweeted 86 times Collapse   Reply   Retweet   Favorite  Buffer    More 86RETWEETS 7FAVORITES 9:35 PM - 11 Feb 13 · Details Bourn's contract is the second four-year deal that the Indians have given out this offseason, as the team also agreed to a four-year, $56MM contract with Nick Swisher in early January.  Cleveland forfeited its second-round pick in order to sign Swisher, and the Bourn signing will cost them their competitive-balance pick, which would have been No. 69 overall according to Baseball America's Jim Callis (on Twitter). Bourn's former team, the Braves, will now pick 31st in the upcoming draft, Callis adds. (A refresher on the new draft pick compensation system can be found here.) The 30-year-old Bourn hit .274/.348/.391 this past season with the Braves, adding nine homers and 42 stolen bases. He topped 155 games for the third time in the past four seasons and played stellar defenseaccording to both UZR/150 (+22.4) and The Fielding Bible (+24). Bourn was pursued heavily by the Mets over the past few weeks, but signing him would have required forfeiting the No. 11 overall pick in the 2013 draft. The Mets wanted to make an appeal to MLB that would allow them to keep the pick due to the fact that they felt they earned it by finishing with one of the ten worst records in baseball.

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