Free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a four-year deal worth $48 million, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night. Rosenthal reported that the deal contains a fifth-year vesting option for $12 million. The Indians will have to forfeit a draft pick in exchange for Bourn.
Bourn, a 30-year-old outfielder who was an All-Star with the Atlanta Braves last season, was by far the most prominent name still available on the free-agent market. It was surprising that he had not yet landed a deal as pitchers and catchers started reporting to camp on Monday.
The Mets and Cubs had also been rumored as potential suitors for Bourn before he signed with the Indians.
Batting almost exclusively in the leadoff spot with the Braves last season, Bourn hit .274 with a .348 on-base percentage. He hit nine homers and had 57 RBI.
Source: Bourn with #Indians: Four years, $48M with $12M vesting option for fifth year if he reaches 550 plate appearances.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 12, 2013
Bourn can earn $60M max. #Indians will lose competitive-balance pick, approximately No. 71 overall. They forfeited 2nd-rounder for Swish. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 12, 2013