Free agent Michael Bourn has finally found a new home. The former Atlanta Braves center fielder has been signed to a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is worth $48 million and includes an option for 2017. If Bourn secures 550 plate appearances in 2016, the final year of his new deal, the 2017 option will be worth $12 million which makes the max value of his deal $60 million.
Bourn remained on the free agent market for so long after the Braves one-year, $13.3 qualifying offer that called for draft pick compensation. Teams were unwilling to part ways with a draft pick, but the Indians pick in the top five so their selection is protected. However, they will be forced to give up a third-round competitive balance pick.
The new Indian becomes the latest player to join the Tribe after a flurry of offseason moves that includes bringing the likes of Nick Swisher, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, Jason Giambi, Mark Reynolds, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to town.
Last season, the 30-year-old Bourn hit nine home runs, 57 RBIs and had 42 stolen bases. On top of starting at center field for the Indians, Bourn will be the team’s lead-off hitter.