It was a long off-season for Michael Bourn, who had to wait until February to finally sign with the Cleveland Indians. Bourn got a four-year contract worth $48 million, and there is no doubt in my mind that he made the right decision on where to go.
Cleveland had an opening in center field to fill even after trading for Drew Stubbs. Bourn will find himself at the top of the Cleveland order and is going to cause chaos for the teams around MLB, and especially in the American League Central.
The Indians are a much-improved team over last season after signing Bourn, Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds, but the Bourn signing is the most important. Bourn is just 30-years old and with a four-year deal in hand now can relax and focus on baseball. He finished with 42 stolen bases last season, but has had two seasons of over 60 steals.
The firepower that Cleveland has in their lineup now is going to allow the Indians to finish over the .500 mark in 2013 in my opinion. Cleveland may not win the division, but they will make a serious run at second place.
Bourn may be the missing piece that the Indians needed on their roster. The starting rotation is fairly solid, and the bullpen is right up there with the best in the game. The team just needed a solid leadoff hitter again, and Bourn is just that. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team’s new acquisition finishes with over 50 steals and an average of around .285 as Cleveland finishes with around 84 wins.