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Fantastic read on Cavs guard Shaun Livingston’s NBA journey- “Having somebody like that who has been in the league for as long as he has, he knows the game so well,” Irving said of Livingston. “Even when he first came into the league, you could obviously see that he knows the game. I’m still a fan of his. I was watching him when I was growing up.”
These days, Livingston comes off the bench to spell Irving. They occasionally play together, but mostly he plays with the second unit. Byron Scott likes Livingston’s calming presence on a young team. Even if Livingston wanted to showcase his full talents — the no-look passes, the And1 dribbling skills — the minutes are often not there. Livingston is no longer the future. Irving is the present. Livingston is just trying to regain some of his past. “I’m not that guy anymore,” Livingston said. “I’m not that 19-, 20-year-old kid they are going to roll the ball out to and say, ‘Here. Play for us. You are our guy.’ That falls on Kyrie now. The dynamics have changed.” [Abrams/Grantland]
Should be even MORE exciting now Tito- “He’s also excited at the veterans Antonetti added. Outfielder Nick Swisher is a little reminiscent of Dustin Pedroia in terms of brashness. Infielder Mike Aviles is versatile. Designated hitter Jason Giambi is so respected in the clubhouse that the Rockies interviewed him for their manager spot over the winter. He’s also the type of veteran a manager can lean on to help police the clubhouse.
But it’s not just about seniority. When Francona began contacting players shortly after accepting the Cleveland job, he did so alphabetically. “I wanted everyone to feel important,” he says. “They are important. When they walk through those clubhouse doors, I don’t care who they are. Every one of them is important.” [Miller/CBS Sports]
“There is a lot to like about this deal for Cleveland. First and foremost, they receive the services of a very good player for the next four years (with an option for a fifth.) Michael Bourn is something of a throwback player in that he has no power of which to speak. Even though he has only 16 home runs over the last four seasons, only five Major League outfielders put up more fWAR than Bourn: Ben Zobrist, Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday, Andrew McCutchen, and Jose Bautista.
Cleveland did not sign Bourn for the last four years, they signed him for the next four years. What kind of player do they get? A speedy on-base machine who runs down plenty of balls in the outfield and runs the bases alertly and effectively. Bourn enters his age 30 season with concerns over the rate at which speedy contact hitters age floating around him. His stolen base totals are sure to decline, but as discussed earlier today, stolen bases are an insignificant piece of the total package.” [Fairservice/Getting Blanked]
“But this? The Indians for the last couple weeks have been filling out their roster with NRIs. High-profile NRIs, but NRIs all the same. Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday, and the team seemed content to go into the season with the roster they had. Drew Stubbs would be a decent defender, and well, let’s hope he’s not an offensive black hole. The Indians didn’t have a DH, but well, they can keep their key players healthy by rotating them in and out of the lineup. The Indians have dealt with holes before, even ones that they knew going in they’d have to deal with. This wasn’t a club one player away from a World Series, this was a club trying to regain their competitiveness after an historically awful second half. Sure, Michael Bourn was out there; he did fit into the lineup in center field, and would solidify the lineup, but reality said that some other club would swoop in and grab him, and besides, the Indians were maxed out on their payroll.
But surprise, surprise, the Indians signed a Scott Boras contract, and not a Juan Gonzalez-style one-year deal; it’s a four-year deal that means Bourn and Swisher will be in the outfield through at least 2016.” [Ryan/Let's Go Tribe]
And for those that just want more NFL draft info, here you go. [Shutdown Corner]
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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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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The long and dragged out pursuit is over, and the Mets came up empty. The Cleveland Indians have signed Michael Bourn...
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...