Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/5/14
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]
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