Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/11/13
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. Bourn represents the second blockbuster free agent signed by Cleveland this winter. Nick Swisher inked a four-year, $56 million dollar deal with the Tribe back in January. As a result, their second round pick will be lost to the Yankees for Swisher, and their “competitive balance pick” (around 71st overall) for the signing of Bourn, says Rosenthal via twitter. The Mets apparently came very close to getting the 30-year old speedster, says Joel Sherman, offering nearly the same four-year deal as the Indians; however it came down to the draft issue. The process was reportedly expected to take upwards of 2-3 weeks and Bourn cou...
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