Off the Record (OTR)

And Michael Bourn goes to…the Indians?

MichaelBournThere were many landing spots that were rumored for free-agent centerfielder Michael Bourn. Previously with the Atlanta Braves, Bourn was expected to command top dollar on the open market, some guessing that he’d be in the $100 million range.

Well, that didn’t remotely happen and the market kind of went soft on him. But, he still landed a decent payday as first reported by Jon Heyman of

Bourn agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Indians and that includes a $12 million vested option for 2017. If he reaches 550 plate appearances in 2016, then the option kicks in.

Photo Caption: It was Bourn’s innovative, in-game stretching techniques that the Indians’ brass felt could help propel them over the top in the AL Central.

It was also reported that the New York Mets offered him a nearly identical contract. They offered him the four-year deal worth $48 million, but that didn’t include the vested option. One can’t help but wonder if his agent went to the Indians and said something along the lines of, “here is what the Mets just offered, what can we do here?”

This has been kind of a big offseason for the Indians. They’ve also acquired Nick Swisher, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, Jason Giambi, Mark Reynolds, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw.

Hey, there’s two or three potential all stars in there!

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