Found February 11, 2013 on
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Michael Bourn has signed with the Indians, it's of no consolation that the Mets were very close to signing him. I do get how important draft picks are to a team rebuilding, especially as high as the 11th pick but I'm left wondering why our entire off-season came down to this. In fact my issue with the front office is less to do with missing on Bourn over the 11th pick but more about the over all approach to the outfield this off-season. You can't enter the off-season bashing your own outfield and then return that outfield in tact. If there is even a remote chance that this could have happened the message should have been "we like our young players and want to see how they develop", all the while seeing what you can find, not saying "What Outfield". I know Sandy was joking but having such a cavalier way of discussing the outfield leads me to believe that they had every intention of addressing the outfield, therefore; you can only come to one conclusion that they misplayed the off-season. There were serviceable outfielders who would have been upgrades over the current roster who signed for reasonable deals; Ryan Ludwick, Matt Diaz, Jonny Gomes, and Scott Hairston to name a few. Even some of the players where it was borderline if they were up grades would have at least created competition for spots, such as Rick Ankiel, Ben Francisco and Austin Kearns. I do like the Cowgill, Byrd and Brown signings, my point is if your going to go with that level of player then you should have brought in as many as you could find, throw it against the wall and see what sticks.Right now the Mets have a small group of unproven and potentially mediocre outfielders who have very little risk of not making the team. If the outfield competition is Duda, Baxter, Kirk, Cowgill, Brown and Byrd that means only one gets cut. Unless he's awful, Byrd gets veteran status while Brown gets sent down basically.Of course the Mets are trying to create some false competition by trying their bench infielders in the outfield but how is Lutz, Turner or Valdespin an upgrade over an actual outfielder. Again how did the entire off-season approach to the outfield come down to one player on Feb. 11th who had a top draft pick attached to him in the first place, it leads me to believe the approach was flawed.
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The Indians sent shockwaves through the baseball world last evening when it was announced that the team had come to terms with free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. On paper, it seems as if the Tribe is definitely a much improved team, and some fans are even labeling the Indians as a potential playoff team. But just how much have the Indians improved following the Bourn signing and...
The word came down last night: Michael Bourn – the last “real” outfielder on the free agent market – had signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. The pact also included an easily-achievable incentive option for a fifth season, which could bring the total figure to $60 million. In other words, a Boras Special. Initial reports indicated that...
Last night, the Indians signed Michael Bourn to a four year, $48 million deal. It’s less than he was asking for, but still a pretty significant investment for a low power/high strikeout guy headed into his thirties. I’ve already written about my questions over how much of his value he’ll retain, both on offense and on defense, but 4/48 isn’t paying Bourn to retain most...
In addition to having an offensive new t-shirt for sale, the Indians also have a new center fielder: former Brave Michael Bourn, who agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the team on Monday night. The contract also has a vesting option for a fifth season that can make the total contract worth $60 million.
Bourn's signing comes much later than anyone expected coming...
Well it looks like the New York Mets first round pick in 2013 will be protected after all! No, it’s not because the MLBPA stepped in and saw to it that the team would retain it’s pick while negotiating with free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, it’s because the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a 4-year contract with the 30-year-old center fielder.
The offseason is winding down, and the Mets still have a small bit of business to deal with. Michael Bourn still remains unsigned, and the Mets are one of the only suitors. The problem is that if the Mets sign Bourn, they may have to surrender their eleventh overall pick because of the new draft-pick compensation system. However, the Mets, The Major League Baseball Players Association...
The long and dragged out pursuit is over, and the Mets came up empty. The Cleveland Indians have signed Michael Bourn to a four-year, $48 million deal says Jon Heyman via twitter. The deal has a $12 million option for a potential fifth year. That option vests if Bourn reaches 550 plate appearances in the final year of his deal reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
At long last, we have completed our team previews. Well, we did the best we could with player movement, but obviously guys like Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse won’t be seen here.
As we said at the beginning of these, the numbers you saw throughout these are the projections of the individual writer and not necessarily what you’ll see in our Draft Kit, which comes out on February...
It seems like for the past, I dunno, five eon’s, we’ve been discussing whether or not the New York Mets were going to sign free agent outfielder, former Atlanta Brave, Michael Bourn. Some of us thought it was all a ruse to begin with, that the Mets were playing with our fragile hopes and dreams just to keep the team relevant and to keep selling tickets. Some of us thought it...
You knew it had to end like this. You knew that all the hulabaloo about whether the draft pick was going to be protected or not for Michael Bourn would end with Bourn taking such great lengths to avoid the issue by joining a team who haven't won anything since Dewey supposedly beat Truman. Which is kinda what all the Bourn/Mets rumors seemed like. With all the talk about draft...
Baseball season is getting closer and closer. I for one am thankful. These are the dog days: no Football, a month away from the NCAA Tournament, and I’m NBA Free. But pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear on Sunday, so that means the good stuff – Tribe games 6-7 nights a week – is coming.
That was the open to the piece that I was going to write about the Jason Giambi DH...
Two days into camp and the Mets have already taken two shots.
The first was inevitable, that Michael Bourn signed elsewhere. Come to think of it, so was the second when Frank Francisco was shut down with elbow inflammation. The proviso was Francisco would be the closer if healthy and he is clearly not.
Terry Collins told us that it may be a while before Francisco throws a baseball...
Sandy Alderson told reporters that the 5th year option was the big issue with signing Michael Bourn, and also that indications changed whether or not they would keep the 11th pick after an arbitrator ruling. This according to Kevin Burkhardt.
Original Post 2/12/2013
The long and dragged out pursuit is over, and the Mets came up empty. The Cleveland Indians have signed Michael Bourn...