The Cleveland Indians have been criticized for not spending enough on free agents in recent years but now YouWager experts have learned that they have splurged on another star: Michael Bourn.
Bourn has signed a four-year, $48 million contract. This is the second major deal this winter for Cleveland, who signed free agent Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million contract earlier this year.
Bourn, who was an All-Star with the Atlanta Braves last season, must pass a physical later this week in Goodyear, Ariz., before the deal can be completed. The 30 year-old batted .274 with nine homers, 57 RBIs and 42 steals last season for Atlanta. No one really knows when the player will have his medical exam.
If things go as planned Bourn, who has remained on the market all winter, will move into the Indians’ starting lineup. The Texas native played center field last season and would give a lot of energy to a the team that has reloaded with the acquisition of Nick Swisher, manager Terry Francona and starter Brett Myers.
The New York Mets were after Bourn too, offering the same four-year, $48 million deal as the Indians, according to a source. Even so, this New York baseball team was not willing to give up the 11th overall pick in the MLB draft as a penalty for signing the free agent, according to the source.
This source also considers that the Mets were Bourn’s first pick.
With Bourn on board, the Indians will have their picks in June’s amateur draft. However online sports betting experts believe this is a small price for a player who will help them score more runs, improve their attendance – the Indians averaged just 19,797 fans at home — and maybe even close the gap on the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
Cleveland collapsed in the second half last season, a fall that got Manny Acta fired. The Indians have lost at least 90 games in three of the past four baseball seasons.