This season the Indians have committed (we use the term loosely as the Tribe could always flip these deals) $117 million dollars to free agents. The past three off-seasons, Cleveland has spent just over $11 million total to free agents. This fact was not lost on players, current and former.
That’s why Michael Bourn’s deal was a big surprise to Cleveland fans, as well as some former Indians-
Anthony Castrovince tweeted about his conversation with former catcher Victor Martinez, now with the Tigers-
“I broke the Michael Bourn news to Victor Martinez. “Wow,” he said. “I guess they want to win now, huh? How ’bout that?” #Indians”
The sentiment was shared by former Cy Young winner with the Tribe C.C. Sabathia, who was quoted by CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler-
“CC Sabathia on Bourn signing: “I never got a free agent like that when I was there. Good for them.”
[Related: On Michael Bourn: The Terry Francona Effect Continues To Pay Dividends]