Indians aggressive off-season continues with big move for Free Agent Bourn.As Spring training begins for most teams this week, the Cleveland Indians have made another splash in free agency to bring in former Atlanta Braves Outfielder Michael Bourn on a deal that could see the player earn $48m over the next four years, reports MLB.com.
If Bourn meets incentives in his contract, he can earn an extra $12m in a one-year extension, so long as he reaches 550 appearances by the end of the 2016 season
The Indians targeted the aggressive hitter to help boost a batting line-up that was misfiring last year and with Bourn in the lineup, it is instantly upgraded. The 30-year-old can score at anytime and has real knack for being able to get on base and frustrate pitchers, as well as being able to sacrifice to score runs.
The Indians finished 68-94 last season and General Manager Chris Antonetti needed to completely rebuild the roster in order for them to compete in a tough AL Central Division.
The appointment of high profile Manager Terry Francona started the busy rebuilding process which is headlined by the blockbuster acquisition of Free Agent Nick Swisher who will lead the team at first base next year, as well as being one of the most consistent hitters in the league at present.
With a new look roster and a Team Manager who has two World Series Championships on his resume, the new look team in Cleveland will be looking to create some noise this season, and will be hoping to be competing for at least a Wild Card spot when October comes around.