The Indians surprise many by snatching one of the last big name free agents remaining unsigned, inking center fielder Michael Bourn to a four-year, $48 million contract.
Bourn is coming off of his second National League All-Star season as he hit .274 with 42 stolen bases and ten triples in his lone full season with the Atlanta Braves. He had previously spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros, with whom he won a pair of Gold Gloves and made the other All-Star trip of his career. Despite the midseason honors, it was the first season he had failed to lead the NL in thefts since 2008.
Bourn spent two and a half seasons in Cleveland and was limited by injuries. He hit .263 with just 23 stolen bases in his first season with the club in 2013 and played just 106 games for the team in 2014, leading the league with ten triples but hitting .257 with a .314 on-base percentage and stole only ten bases, the lowest total since his first full season in the Majors in 2007.
He appeared in 95 games for the Indians in 2015, hitting .246 before he was dealt with Nick Swisher and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Chris Johnson.