Teams with a need for a speedy center fielder can back off now. Michael Bourn is spoken for.
As Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported, Bourn has agreed to join the Cleveland Indians on a four-year, $48 million deal. His contract also includes a vesting option for a fifth year that could bring its total worth to $60 million. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com says it will vest if he reaches 550 plate appearances in the final guaranteed season.
So just like that, the top free-agent position player left on the market has found a home, and not a moment too soon to boot. The Indians are holding their first official workout on Tuesday, and they're scheduled to play their first exhibition game next week.
As with any big move, there are winners and losers to discuss. Let's get down to it.
Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.