One of the bigger free agent signings of the 2013 off-season was the Cleveland Indians’ signing of outfielder Michael Bourn. There was a lot of interest in Bourn but he landed with the Indians. The fact that he spent some time on the disabled list might lead some to question whether his numbers are worth what the Indians paid for him. I think what he has done has lived up to every cent of the contract that the Indians gave him and they will be very glad they made that deal for a few years to come.
Bourn’s stats might look a little slim at 16 extra-base hits and 19 RBI but those numbers have come in only 68 games which is about 20 less than full time players that weren’t on the disabled list for a time. Even considering the time loss, his 39 runs scored is more than admirable. If you factor in the time lost that number becomes extremely impressive.
As the Indians go about the business of trying to make themselves a team that consistently wins series and eventually takes the division crown, there is no doubt in my mind that Bourn will play a huge part in that. With the start of the second half he wasted little time in driving in a couple of runs with a double. That is the kind of thing you can expect from this guy not only for the remainder of this playoff run but also for the rest of his contract.
He has plenty left in those legs and in the tank to make center field a position of offensive and defensive success for the Indians for years to come. That to me is worth all the money he is making and then some.